Andrea Reisen: Healing Spirits

Oct 15, 2018
 

Here are the highlights of my interview with Andrea Reisen: Healing Spirits on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Andrea Reisen?

Andrea is far beyond just an herbalist and plant lover. She has a spiritual connection with the earth and believes in being in harmony with all of creation.

She and her husband grow organic herbs and medicinal mushrooms on their 30-acre farm in Wallace, New York.

When they aren’t working in the fields, you can find them sharing philosophical conversations over a cup of brewed tea, doing yoga, or teaching at herbal and agriculture conferences throughout the US and Canada.

Overcoming Darkness

Andrea is no stranger to failure.

She and her husband, Matthias tried their hand at dairy farming and ended up moving on from that venture when they realized it wasn’t financially viable.

It was from there that they looked back at herbs through a business lens. This also allowed them to keep and use the land that they grew to love.

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What is your Ministry?

Oct 12, 2018

You don’t have to wait for the New Year to set intentions. In reality, each day is an opportunity for rebirth, redefining strategies, goal setting, and most importantly for turning inward to connect with our truest, soul desires.

Carrying forth of your mission

For me, the word “ministry” is not necessarily religious even though we often associate it as such. What comes to mind is a bit more expansive — it includes our intentions, how we build our teams, grow our tribes, and continue to offer a bright light to those around us. I think about it in ways in which we grow personally and flourish spiritually.

With the progressing times, I predict that we will see a change in how we approach work.

People are waking up to the fact that just “showing up” to their job is not enough. They‘re seeking true fulfillment that sprouts from an integration of utilizing skills, tapping into our hearts, AND making a difference in the world.

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Kay Fabella: The Story Finder

Oct 09, 2018
 

Here are the highlights of the interview with Kay Fabella - The Story Finder on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Kay Fabella?

Kay is a storyteller and brand strategist, who crafts words for entrepreneurs to master their message, pivot their business efficiently, and connect with the people they were meant to serve.

A Los Angeles native based in Spain, she's worked with solopreneurs to Fortune 500s in English and Spanish. She has also been featured as an international speaker, writer, and storytelling expert in the Huffington Post and El País. When Kay's not making brand story magic, you can find her with her Spanish husband and their two cats, eating her way through Europe, or jet-setting between LA and Madrid.

Overcoming A Big Initial Business Challenge

Kay found herself with an amazing opportunity to write a series of blog posts for an influential online marketer in Spain. Of course, she jumped at the chance only to quickly realize that she wasn’t ready. Things...

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Momentum. Want Some?

Oct 05, 2018

Do you respect momentum? It fascinates me. Whether it comes to play in the form of a new cleanse for optimal health, an exercise program, or business success.

Momentum is powerful!

When it sweeps in, you can sometimes feel the wave within your core. Do you know the feeling that I’m talking about?

It got me wondering where does it come from, and how do we get some?

Where does momentum come from?

I think momentum is a lot like spirituality, it’s something caught, not taught. There is an energy, a vibration, a surge of motion.

Have you ever noticed when you are in the presence of a passionate person, high on life, active, making things fructify, it gives you a boost, an immediate injection of “let’s do it!”?

Take riding a bike. Initially, when you start to peddle it feels like a lot of work. But before long, after a few deep huffs and puffs later you notice an effortless glide is taking place. Your energy and persistence...

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Kerry Jones: Indigo Tones - Come Alive With Color

Oct 02, 2018
 

Here are the highlights from my interview with Kerry Jones of Indigo Tones on Women Developing Brilliance. Enjoy!

Who is Kerry?

Kerry Jones is a certified color analyst. She utilizes the color science of Albert Munsell combined with the Seasonal Color Theory of the Impressionist painters to bring about color harmony.

She says, “Harmony happens when people are in alignment with their personal colors.”

She combines her passion for teaching, natural alternatives, career development, personal enrichment and color throughout her work.

Overcoming Struggles

When Jones first learned about color theory, she was using her teacher’s swatch books in her business.

(For reference, a swatch book is an integral tool which provides the client with their personal color wheel.)

Unexpectedly and tragically, her mentor was killed.

This left Kerry, and several of her peers in the color analysis field empty-handed and spinning in circles for a solution.

Confident in her...

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Michelle Wright, LAc.: People Heal Themselves

Sep 25, 2018
 

Here are the highlights of my interview with Michelle Wright, LAc. on Women Developing Brilliance


Who is Michelle?

After 10 years of being a special ed teacher, Michelle experienced an “aha” moment and knew that the healing arts was her passion. After that, she attended and graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and graduated with honors in 2010.

She’s been seeing patients ever since at her clinic, Naples Valley Acupuncture, in Naples, New York.


Overcoming Life’s Struggles

Deciding to quit a steady ten-year teaching position was no easy decision. But Wright pushed through the fear and took the risk to go back to school. She believes that if things are supposed “to be” then the path will just open up and flow with ease.

She also attributes the courage to leap from a conventional career to one of being a solopreneur to the love and support from her family.

Balancing work and home life is something that...

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Jessica Witherow: Mother Earth Inspired Wellness

Sep 18, 2018
 

Here are the highlights from my Women Developing Brilliance interview with Jessica Witherow: Mother Earth Inspired Wellness.

Who is Jessica Witherow?

Jessica is a licensed massage therapist practicing in the foothills of the Naples Valley, in Upstate New York. Her love for Mother Earth is steeped throughout everything in her brand from all natural products to eco-friendly print materials.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

At age 30, Jessica realized that she was not feeling super comfortable in her body. She had put on a lot of weight and no longer was the athlete she once was. She began researching nutrition, went on a juice fast cycle, and committed to moving on the treadmill when the kids were napping.

Being able to stretch, regain the range of motion, and see and feel the transformation is what kept her going and dedicated.

That whole process gave her the confidence to go back to school and dive into her passion and career.

She now has an integrated approach that she is able to...

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Geenah Caragliu: Wild Plants Love You

Sep 11, 2018
 

Here are the highlights from my interview with Geenah Caragliu of Wild Plants Love You on Women Developing Brilliance.

Who is Geenah?

Geenah is a certified aromatherapist and herbalist that connects people to their highest quality of well being by inspiring them to invite the botanical world into their lives. She creates hand blended wildcrafted or garden grown herbal + Aromatic products.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

From as far back as being a little girl, Geenah found solace and an escape in Nature. A deep connection and peace came from the trees and the forest, which she continues to draw on.

In the early stages of her aromatherapy product line, creating labels was a massive headache. After, a ton of struggles with the computer and connecting with other makers, she landed on printing her labels on full sheets and then hand punching them after. She calls this her “silver lining” when it came to the packaging.

Persevering and reaching out to other people in the...

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Jessica Uys: From Corporate to Coaching

Sep 04, 2018
 

Here are the highlights from my Women Developing Brilliance interview with Jessica Uys - From Corporate to Coaching.

Who is Jessica?

Jessica Uys is a Transformation Coach that helps people uncover deep personality patterns so that they gain valuable insights and are better equipped to make choices that best align with their desired goals. She is trained to be insightful after 15 years of Consumer Insights in the corporate world.

She now utilizes her experience in her current coaching practice and mixes in intuition, breath work, and enneagram tools to offer a multi-faceted approach. This allows the client to know themselves in a deeper way, which in turns gives them powerful resources to improve their life and business.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

Uys worked hard to develop a BodyTalk practice. After six years, she cultivated a thriving business. However, when she stopped to truly reflect, she realized the face to face healing work based in the past was actually exhausting.

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Dianne Miller: Cultivating Community Through Quilting

Aug 28, 2018
 

Here are the highlights from my Women Developing Brilliance interview with Dianne Miller on Cultivating Community Through Quilting.

Who is Dianne?

Dianne is a forever creative. She says, “For as long as I can remember I could be found with a needle and thread or paper and crayons, always happily creating.”

She now owns and operates Carriage House Quilts in Naples, NY. This is not only a gathering place for the community to join like-minds and artistic souls, it’s a safe space to cultivate conversation, celebrate wins, and establish lifetime memories one piece at a time.

Overcoming Life’s Struggles

Taking in a multitude of other people’s suggestions and opinions was a challenge for Miller. She had to establish boundaries that would help her stay in alignment with her true nature, as well as meet her personal business goals. At the end of the day, she kept the advice that could be implemented and discarded the rest in order to maintain integrity.  

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