Remarkable Women Podcast – Naheed Oberfeld

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naheed oberfeldNaheed Oberfeld is a Remarkable Woman from Rockville, MD. She has had a full career of working as an analyst, at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, as a consultant for Ernst & Young, and now as a business coach in her own company. I really enjoyed connecting with Naheed and hearing her journey to pursuing something professionally that she truly enjoys.

Today, she gets to combine her Psychology degree, her experience in Corporate America, and her own experience and training with EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to really help people uncover the things that may be blocking them from achieving all of their dreams. She works with business owners and executives and gives them the tools they need to figure out how to work through their “blocks.”

During our interview, Naheed shared great wisdom that she learned from her own challenges. During her 30’s she had been driving so hard, that she came to a point where she knew something would break down emotionally or physically at the rate she was going. She learned the importance of prioritizing a beautiful balance between work and family life and decided to maintain that balance as much as she could and sought out new tools to do so. We spoke a lot about a woman’s need to appear perfect, or to put on a positive show. Naheed walks us through the faulty beliefs that trigger those emotions and suggests some steps in gaining freedom from the need of others’ opinions, whether positive or negative.

This was a most unique Podcast for Remarkable Women listeners in that Naheed actually walks us through a unique experience during the Podcast – an “Inner Journey Exercise” where she guides us through a powerful visualization technique in an attempt to uncover any underlying faulty beliefs. This is not an exercise in self-judgment. On the contrary, we just want to look at our emotions and triggers honestly so that we can deal with them and then release them and let go.

You’ll want to listen in so that you can walk through the exercise for yourself. If you’d like to connect with Naheed personally, she welcomes it. Her website, Oberfield Coaching is a great place to start.

Remarkable Women Podcast – Marcy Lambert-Pellegrino

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marcy lambert pellegrinoMarcy Lambert-Pellegrino is a Remarkable Woman living Tampa, FL. Marcy is a busy creative, owning two companies, Sassi Creative Agency and Two Girl Productions, hosting a Podcast, and enjoying her family. She is used to the fast paced, creative world of New York City where she used to live and always has new ideas and projects in the fire.

Marcy is passionate about seeing people choose a positive mindset, about having their own perspective and owning it. She helps people to do that as a creative empath, through her FaceBook Group, “Love, Light, Energy,” and through her businesses, particularly Two Girl Productions which helps athletes and entertainers with their branding and PR. She and her best friend Kate, even have a TV show that is in the works! In addition, she is writing a children’s book for kids with OCD, ODD, and ADD/ADHD. She is one busy woman!

Moving to Florida recently was a challenge for Marcy. The slower paced life was relaxing for a bit, but she was missing the energy that comes from collaborating frequently with other creatives. Thankfully, she was able to push through the slump by connecting with people all over the country who shared her same energy.

Marcy shared two pieces of key advice with us:

  • Everything is an opportunity – Even those situations that don’t always look like it initially. They may offer a new friendship, a key lesson, or an important insight or idea. If we expect it, we will usually see them.
  • Trust your instincts – It steers us well. We just have to believe it even though our brain and logic may be telling us something different. Don’t do something out of fear. Trust your gut.

You can connect with Marcy via LinkedIn and her website where you will find more information about her Podcast and upcoming projects. She’d love to connect with you! 

Remarkable Women Podcast – Tina Corner

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Tina Corner is a Remarkable Woman living in the DC area. She is the founder of LX Council, a company that specializes in coordinating Peer Advisory Groups for C-Suite Executives and Owners around the country. She has a passion for helping owners find that place where they can share their struggles in a safe environment for constructive feedback and encouragement.

Tina shares her career story of how she started Leadership Exchange Council after growing and selling a franchise of peer advisory groups geared more toward closely held firm owners. Growing up on a farm in rural Missouri herself, and watching her dad being in charge of his own destiny gave her great inspiration to chart her own path as well.

Tina shared how most owners feel pretty alone. They are always giving out – to employees and to vendors, etc, but they need ways to receive new energy for themselves. When they come to the Peer Advisory Group meetings, they can know that they are not alone, and they do not feel judged. They benefit most when they can be honest and real, as they will receive the greatest clarity.

As a business owner, I was fascinated and inspired by our whole conversation. I have come to personally see the value in seeking out other business owners as peer advisors who are not even necessarily in my industry. We share common experiences and appreciate the insights and perspective gleaned from each other.

Listen in to our Podcast to hear about one of the obstacles Tina faced and overcame within her career. She learned an important lesson about “Speaking Up” for her own value in a way that was well-received. She had an executive advisor who coached her through the process, and proved to be invaluable.

Tina’s personal mission is quite inspiring:

“Seize each day in developing my own potential and developing the potential in others.”

She does this by seeking knowledge and motivation regularly through reading Business Publications like Success Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, and the Podcast MWF Motivation, in addition to listening to the stories and struggles of her own clients. She learns a great deal from them and loves seeing them benefit from connecting with other peers.

Tina has written a book, Sit Down! Speak Up! Cash In! Which shares more about the value of Peer Advisory groups. You can find it on her website and also find other articles and info from Tina via LinkedIn. She would love to connect with you.

Remarkable Connections in Summer

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As much fun as it is to go off on summer adventures around the world, it can be just as memorable to stay close to home with the ones you love and take advantage of those long, lazy sunny days. Find a porch and a friend, grab a mimosa or glass of lemonade, and settle in to a cozy conversation, catching up about the busy year.

Most of us run at 90 miles an hour during the year, juggling work, family, exercise, school, and volunteering.  It can be exhausting! Summer is perfect for taking that time to be refreshed and restored – to reconnect with our family and friends in a way that we can’t when we are just running from one place to the next.

Don’t let this time pass you by! Put dates on the calendar for yourself and your kids if they are at home with you. Meet at a lake or pool, and let the kids get lost in play for hours while you connect with your bestie.

Some things you can make sure to touch base about:

  1. How’s your health? As we get older, it seems like there is always something big or little that’s nagging at us. Most of try to figure it out on our own or play it off to be no big deal. But usually these things don’t just affect us physically, but emotionally as well. Take time to ask and really listen, offering help where you can.
  2. How is your family? No one likes to admit when they are having “issues” as a wife or mom. But let’s be honest. Relationships are messy, even with the ones we love the most. It usually helps to talk about things with a friend before they feel too overwhelming. Be that voice of encouragement, perspective, and wisdom for a friend, and accept it if that’s what you need yourself.
  3. How’s your heart? “What have you been learning about? What new things are you up to? What does the next year look like for you and how can I help?” – are all great questions to ask. These are the fun things to talk about that we usually don’t get to share in passing between soccer practice or PTA meetings.

IMG_3454These questions can all certainly be answered with “fine.” But if we settle for that, we miss out on those remarkable conversations that happen when we really take the time to slow down and dig deep. That’s what summer can do for you if you let it! Make it remarkable for yourself, family, and friends.

 

 

Remarkable Adventures

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Summer is the best time to let down our hair and take advantage of the season of travel that the typical school cycle affords us. Most people experience an eagerness and yearning for freedom when June rolls around, regardless of our age.

When younger, I would enjoy those long summer hours, swimming and playing outside with friends, creating our own storylines and exploring new places around my home. Now as an older woman, I look forward to travel all around the world with my family and friends. Currently, I am exploring Rome and Italy!

There’s just something about travel that makes us feel REMARKABLE. I think because we are out of our normal, typically mundane life and work, and living eyes wide open to new places, people, foods, and experiences. We get a bigger perspective on our own little piece of the world and ideally some inspiration we can take home to adopt into our way of living.

We tend to approach each morning on a vacation with the attitude of, “What am I going to get to do and see today?!” It’s always a positive expectation.

So, if you can make it happen, I’d recommend making travel a high priority in your life. Even if it’s a weekend day trip to a local State Park, Historic Site or new glamping spot – it’s worth the effort to block off the time on your calendar and hit the road. I bet you will feel refreshed, restored, and more remarkable than ever!

Inspirational Wall Art for Women

remarkable_collection_grande_b56aecaa-26e7-499a-ac42-7d0455305adc_grande__49520.1478115195.500.659When I first saw the hand-lettered wooden scripture signs sold by Leslee Matthews (Signs of Abundant Life on Instagram and Etsy), I knew I had to have one. Leslee produces these beautiful signs with her own hands. That includes hand-cutting the wood; staining, sanding, and painting it; meticulously hand-lettering it, and finally, rubbing it with a finishing wax.

As Leslee says, “I am intimately involved every step of the way and it is a huge investment of love!”

I immediately identified with that sentiment and knew that these signs would fit right into in my Remarkable Women Store. I had long been on the hunt for an inspiring, positive, and meaningful piece that women could give to one another; Leslee’s creations checked each of those boxes!

I connected with Leslee and the Remarkable Women Wall Art Collection was born. We came up with four pieces designed to be displayed either as a set or individually. With remarkable women in mind, we created something that inspires each day by reminding us who we are and what is most important in life.

I wanted this collection to be something you could buy for yourself or as a special gift for the women in your life—friends, mothers, daughters, sisters, colleagues, mentors, and so on.

The Strength and Dignity Large Wood Sign features one of my favorite quotes in gold lettering: “She is Clothed with Dignity and Laughs Without Fear of the Future.” I think this is a great reminder for us all to keep this attitude in life— eager and optimistic for the future, strong and courageous inside.

The three smaller signs, which are each 3.5 by four inches, feature the words “Be Grateful,” “Be Remarkable,” and “Be a Dreamer,” respectively. My favorite, as you could probably guess, is the Be Remarkable Small Wood Sign. We are all remarkable, and yet we often need to be reminded to live into that reality intentionally—especially on days when life feels either mundane or overwhelming.

No matter which one you pick, these messages make unique gifts for friends or colleagues; give them for birthdays, a new home or new job, or just as a thoughtful surprise. My wall art collection is also a wonderful way to treat yourself. Hang one of the small signs in the bathroom to help you greet the day, or cluster a few of them on your desk at work.

Better yet, buy the whole collection and hang it over your bed for some much needed self-assurance both day and night.

I’m so grateful to Leslee for making the Remarkable Women wall art collection possible. We hope that these pieces bring you and your loved ones the inspiration and joy that they have brought us!  

Inspiring Through Writing

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This blog has always been a labor of love. Believe it or not, writing is not my favorite thing to do. I have all these thoughts that I want to get out, but it’s surprisingly difficult to make the words fit what I really want to say. Still, I’ve persevered because this blog is such an important part of what I’m doing with Remarkable Women.

I made my very first entry in this blog in March 2015. In Allow Possibility to Feed Your Soul, I wrote about how I made changes in my life that led to personal fulfillment and satisfaction – and also sparked the idea for Remarkable Women. Even after that, I didn’t post regularly in the blog. In fact, I didn’t even post once a month.

Fast forward to now, and I’m writing and posting a new blog every week. That change alone shows just how far I’ve come since I began this initiative – since I made the decision to open myself up to new people, possibilities, and experiences.

I’m here to tell you that you, too, can effect this type of change in your life. It’s all about your mindset.

Every day, I am prepared to make meaningful connections. Not only am I open to them, I seek them out.

I seek them out when I’m speaking at business events. I seek them out when I’m recording my podcast. And I seek them out when I’m writing this blog and responding to readers like you.

I believe the highest way to learn is to take each moment of your life and realize that what matters is to live it fully. This means you’re growing. I hope that Remarkable Women is helping you to find your own inspiration just as it has helped me find mine.

Sharing Stories

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Sharing stories is the most personal way of connecting. And it’s one way I’m helping to build and nurture a community of remarkable women. I am making these connections – and helping other women to make them – when I’m speaking at women’s business events or meeting colleagues for projects and networking.

I am also making connections when I work on my Remarkable Women podcast. This podcast is my major vehicle for sharing stories about the people I meet.

I interview anywhere from one to several women each month. These women come from all walks of life and places around the world. They are small business owners, nonprofit founders, life coaches, mothers, teachers, and so much more.

Most recently, I interviewed Cheryl Piper-Snyder, a business and executive coach as well as a holistic and HeartMath coach. Her real passion is helping others live whole and full lives. I found it fascinating to learn about the “brain, mind, heart” connection from Cheryl, and how those intangible emotions can be visually tracked and measured. In tracking, we feel like we can better control them instead of just reacting and feeling at a loss. Cheryl helps people get to that state of control, calm, and resilience.

Cheryl is just one example of the unique individuals featured in my podcast. I am so grateful to the women who share their stories with me – both business and personal. They expose their journeys of adversity and growth, failures and successes. They bravely reveal these intimate details for the sole purpose of connecting with me and our podcast audience, and in turn, helping me to connect with others.

Women Feeling Enough

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Cindy headshot 2This is the second part of our series, “Are You a Fierce Woman?” with Cynthia Battino. Today we focus on the idea of “Women Feeling Enough.” This is so key, so foundational to having a chance at being “fierce.” There’s a healthy way to go after dreams and goals in life, and it starts with knowing what your real needs vs. wants are. It’s a game-changer when you have clarity about this. You’re able to know what enough really looks like.

Cindy is so insightful, and I appreciated her sharing her journey with us. She shared her own story of having a huge house on a huge plot of land with a huge truck and so many animals and still not feeling like it was enough. You’ll have to listen to hear about what finally made her step back and start asking the question, “Do you need all that?”

When we don’t know when “enough” is “enough” in a good way, we are left wondering all the time. We look around and compare to try to measure up. But the measuring stick also changes all the time, so there’s an insecurity or deep void when we look in the mirror and are not sure, and so we just keep trying to fill it up more from things on the outside.

What if we got to decide for ourselves what our “enough” looks like? When our body looks good enough for today? When our career path offers enough value and income? When we have enough good friends? We can stop listening to the “white noise” of other people’s judgments and be our own self-authority.

And then, once we are clear on what our “enough” is – likely a combination of needs and reasonable wants – then we can really experience gratitude – geyser-like gratitude! We are aware and honest enough to acknowledge the effort, the progress, the success, and we can step back and really be thankful.

This is a personal journey that looks different for everyone. But there is great freedom that comes from knowing that no matter what we do, there will always be people who hate us or who do not approve. That’s okay. We can’t make everyone like us. But when we like ourselves……that’s when we feel enough……that’s when we can be fierce.

I hope you get to listen in as you will appreciate Cynthia’s stories, wisdom, and humor, and overall joy. Feel free to connect with her as well at Transformational Healing.

 

Speaking and Networking

RWOver the past few months, I’ve been writing about the origin story of Remarkable Women – what I’m doing with Remarkable Women, why I created Remarkable Women, and how I’m helping to connect remarkable women with one another. For the final part of this story, I want to delve deeper into the “when” of Remarkable Women.

When am I working on Remarkable Women? When am I making meaningful connections? What does this look like in my day-to-day professional world?

I am making connections when I’m giving talks and workshops at women’s business events. These include small gatherings of professional women, chambers of commerce, and any organization that wants to promote and support women’s successes. I talk to women about how to build meaningful connections and create physical, emotional, and mental spaces that allow them to reach their potential.

I also serve on the Valley Business Women Committee in my hometown, which organizes motivational luncheons for women in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. At these luncheons, the talk I give most often is about the “5 Levels of Connection” – my how-to guide to help women find ways to connect with each other.

In addition to formal speaking engagements, I make it my mission to network with as many people as possible. In fact, meeting someone new is the first level of connection. By networking, I’m opening myself up to new relationships – and new opportunities. I’ve met many of the remarkable women featured in this blog simply through casual conversation.

It is all too easy to let life get in the way of connections. But I think it’s up to all of us to allow space in our busy schedules for those connections to happen. That’s what I do on a daily basis. Whenever I come in contact with people, whether it’s through giving a workshop or waiting in line at the coffee shop, I’m always poised to make those meaningful connections happen.