How to Nurture Remarkable Relationships Podcast

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Good intentions have value when they translate to action. I have learned that it takes a great deal of intentionality in building habits that help nurture my remarkable relationships. Granted, these habits are so fun and meaningful for me, so they do not feel like work at all.

I think you’ll enjoy listening to this Podcast, the 3rd in our series where Sonya Dalrymple interviews me about concrete ways to really nurture your Remarkable Relationships. Ever felt like you met your new BFF but didn’t get together again afterwards? Do you find yourself wondering about so-and-so, but not taking action to reach out? I share several tangible, creative ways to make sure you keep in touch with those that you find most enjoyable and fascinating.

I begin by sharing a few easy, effective ways that you can follow-up with someone you just met.

I also share many fun, out-of-the-box ideas of things you can do together with friends and colleagues, not your typical lunch or coffee dates!

The key is to focus on your motivation. I truly love supporting other women, and so I look for all kinds of opportunities to do that. And I’m so grateful for all of my relationships, that I seek to give back to them daily. It fosters a beautiful cycle of generosity. I find when I give first of my knowledge, network, or even compassion (Love is the Killer App), remarkable relationships grow.

So, listen in, and I hope you’re inspired to reach out to those remarkable relationships in your life. I’d love to hear any other fun ideas you have as well!

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How To Practice Radical Self-Love

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Self care isn’t selfish. It is the key to our health, happiness and makes us better people. It is important to acknowledge my best qualities and practice radical self-love. Negative thoughts become all too pervasive and detrimental. They will start to eat away at our ability to be happy and are at the core of low self esteem and self confidence.

Staying present and brushing the dirt of daily challenges off your shoulder isn’t always easy, but it’s important. No matter what happens today, tomorrow or next week, you’re still you, and that’s REMARKABLE! Positive self talk has the ability to reduce stress and can lead to a much more improved mood.

There are several ways you can shift your negative thoughts to more positive thoughts. Here are a few things that I do:

Let the music play

Music ignites passion and emotion in all of us. Music can be transformational. Actively making music a part of your life has a remarkable positive attitude. Yes, I am the girl with the window down, loud music and singing as if no one can see me.

Silence Your Inner Critic

I allow myself to be wrong. I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to make mistakes. Those three things equal GROWTH.

Release and Relax

If I am in a situation where I am stuck and not free to excuse myself and a negative thought pops up, I blink and say the words “release and relax,” and that helps me let it go and move past the negativity.

Loving yourself holds the power to turn off those negative voices. This will allow you to accept yourself for who you are which includes your imperfections. Here is a great article by Dr. Lissa Rankin where she offers a 6 – Step Guide to Radical Self- Healing.

It is still a process I practice everyday, and I am very open to hearing what you may do in order to get rid of those nagging negative thoughts?

If you hear a voice within you saying, You are not a painter,” then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh

How To Incorporate Inspiration – Catchers Into Your Space

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It has always been important to me to personalize my office space, whether it is at the office or at home. The space must reflect ME.

I’ve learned that shaping a workspace to meet our physical and physiological needs really does matter. We want to be aware of what works and doesn’t work when we look around our workspace. I personally love signs of all sizes and tend to gravitate toward signs with inspirational messages.

You want a workspace that connects with your personal objectives and goals both in terms of career and a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some ideas on how to decrease your stress and inspire your creative juices to design a space that you feel good about:

Clipboard (2)Clipboards – I think these are a great way to incorporate design in your space to capture great ideas and inspiration. Use them to bring bold vibrant colors into your space. Clip and alternate favorite quotes or images.

Gallery Wall (2)Gallery Wall – Not only does it give you great things to look at, but you could incorporate your gallery wall into your own vision board.

Inspiration Boards (2)Inspiration Boards – You can pin inspiring images on linen/cork pinboards

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Chalkboard Wall – Another great way to capture your thoughts.

There are many different ways to get inspired, but what may inspire one individual may not be what inspires another. I encourage you to discover what inspires and ignites your personal creativity.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

Remarkable Women Podcast: Tammy Ferris

tammyTammy Ferris is a Remarkable Woman living in a farm town just outside of Hartford, Connecticut. Tammy is a mom of 3 kids and CEO of FounderShare, an organization that supports local businesses by making it easy and fun for people to shop locally. FounderShare also offers many opportunities for business owners to collaborate and support each other.

Tammy is passionate about many things. She really cares about the sustainable growth of local businesses and enjoys supporting their success.

One of the things Tammy cares most about is something I completely resonate with: empowering young women. When you listen to the podcast, you will hear what inspires Tammy to devote her time and energy towards helping women of all ages. She is intentional about the messages she gives her daughters and the time she devotes to targeting women through FounderShare.

During our interview, Tammy shares about a few unique challenges she has faced as a woman in the marketplace – everything from juggling home and business responsibilities to dealing with inappropriate responses from men.

At the end of our interview, Tammy shares an illustration that I will never forget. It is a concrete image on how to really choose to commit to making things happen.

Favorite Resources

Tammy shared two valuable resources, both of which I fully endorse as well:

Networking – Tammy tries to say yes as much as she can to coffee and lunch dates.

TedTalks – especially the following:

Connect With Tammy

Website: FounderShare.com
Facebook: FounderShare

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Fear Needs An Attitude Adjustment

I have the most remarkable sister-in-law! She always sends me great articles to read. My favorite part, though is going back and forth discussing them with her! They’re also so amazing that I can’t help but to share them with others, too! I will forward them out to some of my girlfriends and love reading their thoughts and expressions of gratitude.

My absolute favorite is when she sends me quotes. This one was such a perfect encouragement at just the right time. I had been asked to speak at an upcoming women’s networking luncheon. Immediately my heart started to beat fast, and for some reason those negative thoughts of “you can’t do it” flooded all over me.

It was surprising and crazy for me considering I have been doing a lot of personal growth work and thought I was over the whole “fear” thing. I guess that was true until I actually got asked to do something that scared me! Just like that it took me over again. During this little inside personal battle, I received a ding letting me know I had a text.

Here is what it read:

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I will be speaking at this event in May! I gave my fear that attitude adjustment and am so glad I did!

It feels great to get gifts of inspiration via text, email especially when it is unexpected and perfect in timing. If you ever feel a nudge to reach out and check in or send something to someone, go with it – it is probably just what they need! I’m so grateful my sister-in-law and friends do this for me, and I love doing the same for others.

I added the image of the Italian villa to this quote since my sister-in-law and I share a special connection in our love for Italy. It’s attached as a png file. Click to download and save it as your desktop wallpaper to remind you that, although fear is an unpleasant emotion that can hold us back and keep us from going after our dreams, we all have a choice everyday.

I am choosing to remind myself that, “Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment.”

How To Seek Out Remarkable Connections Podcast

how-to-create-remarkable-connectionsBecause Remarkable Connections are important to me, I am pretty intentional about seeking them out. I make space in my calendar to attend events, meet one-on-one with friends and colleagues, and volunteer in a variety of roles in the community.

Listen in as Sonya Dalrymple interviews me about some of my favorite ways I personally invest in Remarkable Connections.

I’ve learned that a key factor in establishing meaningful connections is to sit back and be an observer first, especially in new situations. I try to listen well and note opportunities for common ground.

During this Podcast I also really speak to the value of social media and connecting digitally with women around the world. We have access to an amazing mix of talented women and can share ideas and resources with each other so easily.

However, there is still such great value in our face-to-face connections, and I share about why it’s still important to make them a priority as well.

Join in and listen today, and please feel free to leave comments below on your own ideas for seeking out remarkable connections with others.

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March Remarkable Resources

I don’t know about you, but I *love* resources. Remarkable conferences to go to, websites to help me connect with other women, tools to make life easier, inspirational articles, you know, the stuff that should get tagged “AWESOME” in Pocket.

Here’s this month’s list:

GABBYB.tv

I recently did a podcast with Christina Ortiz, and she shared with me what I thought was a great resource of inspiration. gabbyb.tv – Gabrielle Bernstein has been named “a next-generation thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey.

Gabrielle appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and has been named “a new role model” by The New York Times. YouTube chose Gabrielle as one of its 16 YouTube Next Video Bloggers. Mashable Mashable included her in its list of 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration. Forbes called her one of the 20 Best-Branded Women.

Gabrielle is also the founder of HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect.

TEDWomen 2016

If there is one thing to know about me it is my love for TEDTalks! Anotherresource that was shared with me from a remarkable women in my life. Shout out to Heather! TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers.  The program of speakers, workshops, events — and daring discussions — has sparked some of TED’s most iconic moments yet.

TEDWomen 2016 happens October 26–28, 2016, in San Francisco. Registration is opening soon so mark your calendars! Grab a coupleremarkable women in your life and plan a girls trip!

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Last month I received a text message from a remarkable woman that I have in my life, and what was so awesome about the text that I received was I had no idea what it was and boy did that intrigue me. I knew it was going to be good because of who sent it, but then the anticipation of what I was going to get was just a great element of surprise that was so thoughtful!

I thought what a great idea to let someone know how important they are to you that they want to share such a cool gift. Go get on the website and sign up all the remarkable women in your life. Thanks, Tammy for sharing this with me!

Do you have suggestions for other Remarkable resources? Email me your tips!