Which Quotes Inspire You?

I made this video for you with some special girlfriends to share our favorite quotes and why we love them. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear what really inspires my friends, family, and colleagues.

I’ve found that most of us have a mantra we live out. Sometimes it’s for a lifetime, and sometimes just for a season. But these quotes express ideas and truths that help encourage us to go after big things in life or get through those hard times.

What is a quote you love right now? Why do you like it?

Here are just a couple from the video – be sure to watch to hear them all. And please share your own with all of us in the comments below!

“What if I fall?”
“But, my Darling, “‘What if you fly?'”

You’re never to old to dream a dream or set new goals.

Life is not a competition. Life is about helping and inspiring others.

I look forward to hearing your own!

 

Remarkable Fashion Podcast

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I was so excited to connect with My-Cherie Haley again for a special Podcast. This time we were focusing on the topic of Remarkable Fashion since she has such expertise in that area. We discussed everything from the basic question of, “What is Fashion?” to what it looks like to pursue a career in the fashion industry. It was very intriguing to explore this topic and think about how a professional woman can truly be remarkable when it comes to fashion.

My-Cherie has worked in the fashion industry for over a decade, as a model, entrepreneur, and talent consultant. She has much experience in identifying talent and highlighting it for others especially loves directing professional photo shoots. But I could tell, that for herself, fashion is something she naturally enjoys and genuinely lives out – from the inside-out.

I appreciated her take on it all. Sure, there are fashion trends that are fun to follow, but she defined real fashion as creatively expressing your own personal style. You have a unique way about you that just feels comfortable and right. Go with that! You’ll feel more confident and free. No need to keep comparing to others. Just be yourself and show it through your clothing, accessories, and overall style.

If you or your daughter want to take fashion to another level and have an interest in entering the modeling or acting world, you will appreciate hearing My-Cherie’s advice. There is a lot of research involved, and it is important to align yourself with the right advocates who will help lead you in the best direction for YOU and not take advantage of your opportunity. Listen to see what she looks for in people.

If you’d like to contact My-Cherie for more information or advice around fashion, she’d love to hear from you. You can visit her at mycheriehaley.com.

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Remarkable Resources for September 2016

 

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Leadership Coaching

Women’s Leadership Coaching – I think it would be awesome to make it a goal for next year to get with a group of 4 other colleagues and sign up for their year long leadership webinars. You could pick 3 other women you are trying to get to know better or potentially do business together or get with women in your life who you go networking with.

Great App

Ultabit, llc – Whether you want daily inspirational quotes, daily yoga quotes, daily fitness quotes, Sounds to help you relax or help you sleep, this company created all these remarkable apps. Look them up and find what resonates with you! Don’t forget to email a girlfriend or client and tell them about it. It’s always nice to share great things!

Conference

eWomenNetwork, Inc. is widely recognized as the Premier Women’s Business Network in North America. They have a dynamic and diversified culture that celebrates the brilliance of women entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate professionals. They produce the largest 4-day International Women’s Business Conference & Expo in North America Annually. It’s worth going on to their website and checking out “How it Works.”

Attitude Is a Choice

august-quote-imageWe all know that we can’t always control our circumstances.

But what we can always affect is our attitude regarding everything that comes our way.

Our attitude is the most powerful filter and lens to interpret life. I like to try and keep a positive and winning attitude as I approach each day. I practice gratitude and go after challenges as a problem solver. Those choices help me to keep an upbeat focus and really enjoy and appreciate life.

It makes the biggest difference for me.

Anita Shull – A Remarkable Woman

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So, tell us a little about yourself. Where do you live and what do you do?

I grew up in West Virginia in the Northern Panhandle with a small town setting of no stop lights, front porches great for sitting and sipping ice tea, and neighbors who have been there forever. I graduated from WVU and upon graduation moved to Winchester, VA. I came to Winchester with my mom to interview with local CPA firm, YH&B….and it was that day that my mom and I both feel in love with Winchester and knew it was the place for me. It soon became my family’s second home….and not long afterwards 2 of my sisters moved here as well.

I began my career with YHB as a CPA. I had the opportunity to perform both tax and audit work, and through my audit experience worked with many clients and industries from financial institutions, newspaper publishers, construction companies, service providers, care facilities, and manufacturing. Eventually, I made the transition into the banking industry where I served as Compliance officer, CFO, VP and President. Through this experience I learned to manage new projects, restructure operational workflows, prepare for new products and branches, collaborate with Board members, management, regulatory agencies and investors, implement strategies for improved efficiencies and take corrective actions.

These experiences helped lead me into my current career in consulting. Today I am the owner of Prosperity Financial. I work with many different clients who each have their own special projects and goals. Through discussions with each client we identify things that keep them up at night, goals they want to accomplish or ways to become better and prepare for the future. My specialty is that once we identify our strategies I am hands on in helping them implement the plan so that they can keep focusing on the parts of the business they enjoy the most!

I’m sure there are many things important to you in life. What do you care most about outside of typical things like family?

I have not always had my priorities in the order they are today…and so I would be remiss to claim that I have always known what was the most important to me at all times. I think most of us go through phases of what is important or how we think about these choices in our lives. Today, my family and friends are the most important things to me but, I also have experience through my loved ones and myself that if you do not have your health, you are not able to enjoy any of the other important things in your life.

No amount of money can help you get out of bed if you are just too sick to care…beautiful houses and cars can’t even bring a smile to your face when you are hurting…..even the gentle caress or kisses from your spouse, children or beloved pet are not enough to make you feel better.

So, today my health is the most important thing to me in order to allow me to love my family and my friends the way I want to…..and to enjoy all my favorite things in life! I strive to eat healthy, but enjoy great food at the same time. I pay attention to my physical fitness so that I can play golf, hike, bike, climb, work in my garden, and even do simple things like play catch with Buddy, water the flowers, cook dinner, hang pictures or read a book. Through injuries or illnesses, I quickly have realized that health is the one thing that allows me to enjoy life and everyone in it!

How do you feel you pursue those things in your life and career?

By putting my family first and making health a top priority to enjoying life to my fullest….it allows me to be happy in my career, make others feel good about themselves and have the energy to feel positive and excited about the projects that I work on with my clients.

Can you tell us a specific story about a challenge you encountered and how you overcame it?

Challenges have come in all shapes and sizes over the years. Many I don’t even recall now that time has passed….however, each one although different has taken a leap of faith, sound objective reasoning and determination.

A particular challenge I recall was with one of my first clients as a consultant. The company was successful but struggling with their growth and how to manage it without everyday feeling like a crisis. The first meeting with the owners lead us to talking about where the struggles were, how the day to day work flowed and what was most important to them at that time. After a lengthy discussion, the owner declared, “I already know what we need …. we need more people!” My response was “Let’s hold off on that thought and work through the process and see how it looks after we get input from all the employees and I observe the operation.”

It’s not easy to disagree with an owner, boss or associate, but the process of listening to their thoughts, considering and observing allowed me to gather ideas from different sources and people to get a full understanding of their operation. Through this process, I was able to make a proposal for a plan of action to improve procedures, evaluate skills of current staff and access the next steps. The owners were open to the process which ultimately allowed us to find some incredible solutions that were not even initially on our radar. And, after the strategies were implemented we actually had 2 less staff, the daily operation was running smoothly, and the staff and the owners were happy again.

It’s not easy to disagree with someone’s ideas, however, throughout my career I have tried to always give an objective and honest answer or opinion…. which is more useful to a boss or an owner in the long run than simply having folks that agree with them.

If you were only asked to give one success tip to help other women succeed, what would it be?

Always try to differentiate yourself though hard work and exceptional work ethic – whether you are a man or a woman. The best career strategy I can give is to never shy away from a difficult project. These are career builders. You will always learn from the hardest challenges, and the accomplishment feels so good!

Are there any resources of your own that you would like to share with us?

Of course, there are lots of resources on the internet, but some of your best resources may be your fellow business leaders. Be aware of those around you who are successful…don’t hesitate to talk with these leaders and seek their guidance.

Finding Things That Restore Your Peace

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When it comes to women’s spirituality, balance in life is crucial.

As much as we try to plan ahead and juggle all the balls of business, family, health and relationships, life can still get out of control with unforeseen changes or inherently busy seasons. That’s normal. But when it feels unbalanced, we can often lose a sense of peace and perspective.

There are a few things I’ve learned to do that help me regain that sense of balance and peace.

Take a Trip

I know for me the first thought I have when I am feeling a little overwhelmed or a shift in my mood is that I need to do something to feel refreshed. I need to get away and go on a trip. Most of the time it is just a weekend trip, nothing extravagant, but the minute I think about it, I can feel the excitement, and my mood immediately changes.

Consider going away on a short trip yourself if life is feeling out of sorts. Even just a hotel stay in your own town gets you away from the daily pulls of life and can be very relaxing.

I’ve come to learn how important it is to enjoy “me time”. Giving myself a time out is very important. That is why I don’t feel like it is selfish to take that short trip to treat myself or do whatever it is I want to do in order to be refreshed.

Meaningful Connections

We all talk about it all the time.

Another crucial aspect of our lives are meaningful connections. One of the great joys of our lives is sharing with others and knowing that those others “get” you. When we feel understood, it allows for a remarkable sense of well being.

When life gets out of balance, seek out those friendships that are fulfilling. Schedule a coffee date or long-distance phone call. Be honest about how you are feeling. Good friends tend to always have the perfect thing to say at just the right moment.

Being True To You

Being true to yourself is so important in life to maintain your own peace. It is something that comes very easily for me, but I know for others it can be very difficult.

It is important for me to be very aware of my feelings. I often ask myself, “How does this make you feel?” This question continually pops up in my mind, and so I embrace it. Anytime something comes up whether it is with my girls, husband, work or the committees I am on, if I get a feeling I am unsure of, I ask that question.

That one single, powerful question has allowed for me to stay true to who I am. Others might not like my response or my decision, and I am ok with that because what matters more to me is that I feel good about it. It allows me to stay free and at peace inside.

Speak Your Mind

Which brings me to “speak your mind”. I honestly feel blessed for the woman that I have come to be although my mother will say I have spoken my mind since I was a kid! It is very easy for me. In fact, if I don’t, then I have created these unsettling feelings, and that just drives me nuts because then I go to “fixer” mode. I do have a “light” filter, and I know my boundaries, but I feel so strongly that for a healthy sense of peace and spirituality, you must learn to speak your mind.

If you don’t let go of those negative thoughts, you will rehash and rehash them, and whether or not you want to believe it, it really affects your mood and how you feel physically.

I believe you can speak your mind and do it in away that is effective for your inner peace.

Stop worrying about what others think. They are going to think things whether you speak up or not, so why not do it? The crazy thing is that as soon as they think it, it is gone with another thought about somebody else. You probably think more about it than they do!

So again “speak your mind.” It is SO refreshing!

Affirmations

I will end by sharing something that I do that also helps. I love affirmations. I mean do you not just feel good when you read them? It’s like how we use to feel when we would get the newspaper and go straight to our horoscope.

There are tons of apps to download. I use Unique Daily Affirmations.