Happy International Women’s Day, With Love

What better way to celebrate, than pausing to simply appreciate the love women contribute to the world, despite great obstacles in their way.

As Maya Angelou once poetically said:

In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.

ALL-YES to Maya’s heart-felt words!

Each of us has a dream meant to come true, for a purpose.

And yet, many dreams never see the light of day.

Fear comes knocking, but many don’t say, “Fear, I’ve got this, go away!”

So fear takes its course — in many ugly forms

Until love steps in, and keeps fear at bay.

That’s why so many women pray,

for courage to lead the way — no matter what critics say —

and transform fear into freedom, day, by day, by day.

(Maya’s lovely poetry always gets me going this way 😉 )

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What I’m really trying to say is, I appreciate and celebrate your love that makes a difference!

It takes big love to break through big fears that threaten our pursuit of happy-ever-after.

But women show up with that big love, again and again.

And miracles happen.

My financial happy-ever-dream is to raise a money-smart girl and positively influence future generations of our family tree.

My love for my daughter gives me strength and courage to unfold my financial potential beyond my comfort zone, one brave feather at a time.

I persist through the many challenges of mama-preneurship, in my devotion to empower her to live her financial happy-ever-after, whatever she decides for it to be.

As it turns out, my success is not about me at all. It’s about my daughter’s well-being. This is so often the case for women, that their dreams arise to serve a greater purpose, than for personal gain alone.

Ironically, when it’s no longer just about us, it becomes all about us.

The universe begins to support our dream, in more ways than we imagined possible, helping us to make our vision, a reality.

Doors that were once firmly closed, start to open. The right people begin to arrive. We discover a check in the mail that we never expected. A positive opportunity arrives out of the blue and changes our lives forever. The rest is herstory.

What fuels your strength and courage to keep on loving and growing?

What keeps you from giving up, throwing in the towel, walking away from your dream that’s meant to come true, for a purpose?

Whatever it is, I encourage you to share it with another woman who might be struggling to follow her dream.

And if you are that person struggling, remember…

“Ring the bells, that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
– Leonard Cohen

Experiencing freedom from fear, takes time. And new fears surface, just as soon as old ones fade away.

So be very gentle and kind with yourself.

Love has a way of persistently showing up, tugging at you, like a child, encouraging you to choose life beyond your fears, again and again and again.

Let love ease the sorrow, anxiety and suffering that fear brings.

Because the world needs your dream to come true, with its purpose.

Where is love tugging you to grow beyond your comfort zone today?

What support do you need to start unfolding your dream?

As a strong, sometimes stubborn, independent woman, I was never comfortable reaching out for help. It always seemed easier to grind my way through challenges. I didn’t realize that this mindset actually made life much harder, not easier at all.

Starting my own business, required me to shift into a new mindset that was unfamiliar, but golden for success, which is this:

It’s not only okay to reach out for support, it’s essential for the big dreams, the big results, the big love you wish to pour into the world whether you own a business, or not.

Plus it’s way more fun! And fun is allowed 😉

As with any fear, the key to stepping beyond our comfort zone is, tiny, baby steps. (And we’re all in “baby phase” anytime we begin something new).

In addition to empowering my daughter, my dream is to help women share their love, gifts and talents in the world now, more than ever, in their own unique way.

The world needs the dream in your heart, to come true.

So… next time, fear holds you back from doing something your heart is calling you to do, I invite you to try these 4 tips instead:

# 1. Trust your heart. Science proves that women are designed with incredible intuition powers! There’s wisdom dropped into us long before we understand it, but others can sometimes cause us to doubt it. When we follow our heart, “the how” will present itself along the way. This is what it means if you’ve ever heard the phrase, “we walk by faith, and not by sight”.

# 2. Tend to your emotions with deep breaths and self-care (try lighting a candle, reading an inspiring quote, or passage in a book, enjoying a warm shower or bath, nibbles of dark-chocolate, taking a brief stroll, calling a supportive friend, writing, doodling, mind-mapping, watching an inspiring film, positive, positive, positive self-talk… you get the idea. Be good to yourself.

# 3. Take tiny, baby steps in the direction of your dreams. This is very important! Your “critter brain” needs proof all along the way that you will be A-OK as you shift into a new place in your life. So, always take small steps to experience small results, first, as you work your way steadily forward. If you jump in too far, too fast, you’re mind will kick into over-drive with all its fears, and doubts that are usually not even true, but will nevertheless work to keep you “safe” in what’s familiar. Safe, but unfortunately, limited from enjoying your full potential.

#4 Try finding the support of a person or group for accountability, positivity, valuable resources, strategies and/ or professional connections that can help you reach your goals.

To your beautiful dreams and happy-ever-after.

With love,
Marlene 🙂

About Marlene Elizabeth

I’m a Financial Self-Care coach, Mama-preneur, Founder of MONEYWINGS™ and #1 bestselling co-author.  I believe every woman needs a safe harbor for her journey into financial freedom.  I lead conversation, education and transformation for women and their relationship to money on my podcast, Let’s Get Tender: Money Conversations that Matter (Coming Soon!}

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Money Smart Week 2017 Interview Series: Day 8

Welcome back to the final day of Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29)!

Today, I’m so pleased to welcome Brenda Gleason, owner and founder of B Fit Live Well in Southern California. You’ll hear us chat about her “super-power” that helps others experience guarenteed results, her fears and challenges that limit her in her money story and how business would soar into abundance from “vicious cycle” into “victory circle” one year from today if she could overcome resistance around self-promotion that conflicts with her value of humility.

Click here to watch my Interview with Brenda Gleason, owner and founder of B Fit Live Well. 

If you missed Day #7, click here to watch My Interview with Julie Pearson, Founder of Gap Gals Ministry.

To your beautiful, brave-heart!

Marlene

Money Smart Week 2017 Interview Series: Day 7

Welcome back to “Day 7” of Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29)!

Today, I’m excited to welcome Julie Pearson, founder of Gap Gals Ministry in Southern California. You’ll hear us chat about her “super-power” that led her to generate a turnout of 1,000 women at her very first public event, her fears and challenges that limit her in her money story and the successful platform faith-based speaker she would be one year from today if she could overcome fear of failure and limiting beliefs of “not being good enough” in the value she brings to the world.

Click play above to hear my Interview with Julie Pearson, Founder Gap Gals Ministry (21:22)  {may take a few seconds to begin}

If you missed Day #6, click here to watch My Interview with Tonya Moore, Founder and CEO of “Diva Day By Day”.

To your beautiful, brave-heart!

Marlene

Money Smart Week 2017 Interview Series: Day 6

Welcome back to “Day 6” of Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29)!

Today, I am so pleased to welcome Tonya Moorescientist, motivational speaker and founder/ CEO of “Diva Day By Day” in Southern California. You’ll hear us chat about her “super-power” that helped her blaze a trail into “6-figure” financial success, her fears and challenges that limit her in her money story and the “dream profitable lifestyle business” she would experience one year from today if she could overcome feelings of “guilt for wanting more” and limiting her own greater financial success.

  

If you missed Day 5, click here to watch My Interview with Kim Am, CEO Skincare Consultant with Rodan and Fields.

To your beautiful, brave-heart!

Marlene

Money Smart Week 2017 Interview Series: Day 5

Welcome back Day 5 of Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29)!  We’re officially half-way through this mini interview series I’ve put together with a variety of gifted and talented women who share a 20-minute conversation with me about their money story.

You can find the interviews for Day 1- 4 right here

Because of my passion for personal finance education, I partnered with Money Smart Week® 2015 two years ago to present a free money workshop in Montclair, CA.  Using Zoom online meeting technology, I widened the opportunity and enabled a group of participants to join us from Northern California, the East coast and Paris.

During Money Smart Week® 2016 last year — with the exciting collaboration of the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center — my one event grew into a week-long series with 3 financial workshop speakers presenting 7 free money workshops in 5 different local cities.

I’m having so much fun celebrating Money Smart Week® 2017 this year by offering this mini-interview series!

Today, it’s a pleasure to welcome a new colleague and friend, Kim Am, CEO as a skincare consultant with Rodan and Fields. You’ll hear us chat about her natural strength which gives her the “superpower” to gain trust quickly and deeply connect with others, her fears and challenges that limit her in her money story and how her income would DOUBLE one year from today if she could overcome limiting beliefs around asking for help.

Click play above to hear my Interview with Kim Am, CEO Skincare Consultant with Rodan and Fields (23:26)  {may take a few seconds to begin}

If you missed Day #4 , click here to watch My Interview with Marifer Cortes, Aromatherapist with Leci, Inc. 

To your beautiful, brave-heart!

Marlene

Money Smart Week 2017 Interview Series: Day 4

Welcome back to “Day 4” of Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29)!

Today, I’m excited to welcome a very special friend and colleague of almost 20 years(!), Marifer Cortes, an aromatherapist and mindfulness /meditation facilitator at Leci, Inc. in Southern California.   You’ll hear us chat about her “super-power” which empowered to shift from a 9-5pm job into entrepreneurship, her fears and challenges that limit her in her money story and the freedom she would experience one year from today if she could overcome self-doubt and being over-concerned about what other people think.

Click play above to hear my Interview with Marifer Cortes, Aromatherapist at Leci, Inc. (20:11)  {may take a few seconds to begin}

If you missed Day #3 , click here to watch My Interview with Kim Evans, owner of Dixon Language Center in Dixon, CA.

To your beautiful, brave-heart!

Marlene

Money Smart Week 2017 Interview Series: Day 3

Welcome back to “Day 3” Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29)!  As creator of MoneyWings™,  a  6-month private 1×1 coaching program, I teach creative, entrepreneurial women how to believe {in themselves}, grow {to reach their full potential} and prosper {one brave feather at a time}.

Join me today as I welcome a very dear friend and colleague of almost 30 years(!), Kim Schroeder Evans, owner of Dixon Language Center in her hometown of Dixon, California.   You’ll hear us chat about her “super-power” which enables her to work with people from diverse backgrounds, her fears and challenges that limit her in her money story and what life would look like one year from today if she could overcome the limiting belief that prevents her from charging comfortably for her services.

Click play to hear my Interview with Kim Schroeder-Evans, owner of Dixon Language Center (23:32) {may take a few seconds to begin}  

If you missed the series kick-off yesterday, click here to watch My Interview with Bari Tessler, author and founder of The Art of Money.

To your beautiful, brave-heart!

Marlene

Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29): Day 2

Welcome back to “Day 2” of Money Smart Week 2017!  As creator of MoneyWings™,  a  6-month private 1×1 coaching program, I teach creative, entrepreneurial women how to believe {in themselves}, grow {to reach their full potential} and prosper {one brave feather at a time}.

I’m excited to share a special “un-cut” mini -interview series, where I’ve gathered  a group of gifted and talented women just like you, who each share a 20-minute conversation with me about their money story.

But first, I kick-off this interview series with a replay of a very special interview I did last summer with the wonderful Bari Tessler, the author and founder of the Art of Money.

Enjoy!

My Interview with Bari Tessler, Author + Founder of The Art of Money

To your brave-heart,

Marlene

Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29): BELIEVE. GROW. PROSPER.

Happy Money Smart Week 2017!  As creator of MoneyWings™,  a  6-month private 1×1 coaching program, I teach creative, entrepreneurial women how to believe {in themselves}, grow {to reach their full potential} and prosper {one brave feather at a time}.

I’m excited to celebrate my 3rd year joining this national event where free workshops on financial literacy education are available around the United States throughout this week.

This year, however, I’m doing something different!

Instead of hosting local events available only in my corner of the world, I’m excited to share a special “un-cut” mini -interview series, where I’ve gathered  a group of gifted and talented women just like you, who each share a 20-minute conversation with me about their money story.

Each day this week, you’ll hear my guest talk about their “super-power” {the unique gift/ talent/ natural zone of genius that all of us are born with}, the fears and challenges around sharing this gift to it’s full potential, and what their money story would look like one year from today if they could overcome their limiting belief that keeps them stuck.

Stay tuned for this special interview series this week!

To your brave-heart!

Marlene