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This is a guest post from reader and author Dawn Wooden.

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I was asked, “What do you think empowering women means?”

After much thought here is what I think…

  • Women need to be smart.
  • Learn to say NO to things and people that make you feel uncomfortable. Don’t go along with the show just to be liked or wanted.
  • Be responsible.
  • Educate yourself in the field you want to be in.
  • Take on tasks that are within your realm or ability, not because you have a point to make.
  • Have self-respect and self-confidence. You are now and have always been in control of your body.
  • You and only you can decide which path you will take.
  • Don’t be a follower, be a leader.
  • A strong woman, but still gentle enough as to not intimidate.
  • March to your own drummer, not the one everyone else is following.
  • Be observant and make your own decisions and be responsible.
  • Don’t tie your dreams to someone else’s kite.

 
Let me ask you the same question:
What do you think empowering women means?

 
 
 
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It’s Valentine’s Day! One of the best gifts to give yourself is spending the day being good to yourself.

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Do you set aside a day or even an hour to take care of yourself? We all need some quiet time just to sit back and relax mind, body and spirit.

1. Read or listen to a good book. Sometimes just a few minutes of “escaping” into a good book can work wonders to rejuvenate a weary mind. Put your feet up and get into a good book – think of it as a mini-vacation.

2. Have lunch with friends. Enjoying a bite to eat, a little conversation and a lot of laughter make brighten even the darkest day.

3. Treat yourself with love and kindness.
Treating yourself with respect, love and kindness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and great way to ensure healthy self-esteem. How you’re treating yourself, is how others will treat you.

4. Spend uninterrupted time listening to your favorite music. Put on headphones and enjoy a relaxing half hour with your favorite music. Music really does soothe the soul.

5. Make a list of all your talents and how you’re going to use them to live the life of your dreams. When you have a goal, you have a purpose for getting up in the morning.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author, blogger and success teacher
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com

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Today we have a guest post from Judy Beckman, Independent Sales Representative Nussentials.

Stem cell health is currently a hot topic in the Medical as well as Health and Wellness Industries because of the role healthy stem cells play in living a healthier life.

Thanks to research conducted in this area, we are looking at a stem cell revolution providing healthier brain cells, heart cells, skin cells, (basically every cell in your body) as well as potential solutions for all kinds of chronic diseases.

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So, how does this work? Stem cells are specialized cells, different from normal body cells because they can duplicate themselves; and, are able to become cells of any organ in the body. They are the body’s “raw material” cells. They are the cells from which all other cells that have a specialized function are made from.

The life of a stem cell is important to your overall health; and, their key to longevity is a small tail (composed of genetic material) attached to it, called a telomere. Think of telomere tails as very thin strands of DNA (genetic material). Imagine a piece of lead in a pencil. Just as a thin piece of lead is continually worn down with use, the telomere get smaller and smaller as it is worn down by normal aging, lack of good nutrition, poor lifestyle choices, environmental poisons such as smog, nitrites in food and pesticides, etc.

Stem cell health is dependent on telomere length which enables us to enjoy prolonged vitality and overall health; and, it starts with healthy stem cells. Personal lifestyle choices play a role as well, so be good to yourself and take care of your body.

The Science of Stem Cell Health is exploding. It is agreed, people can age more slowly, live longer, in good health with vitality. Indeed, it could be possible that seventy may become the new forty through stem cell health.
 
 
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Guest blogger:

My name is Judy Beckman. After retirement from traditional business, I was introduced to Nussentials, a network marketing company providing quality, natural health products.

judyb_health&wellness-185x195Upon trying the products, seeing the financial opportunity while desiring the flexibility allowing us to spend time with our family, my husband and I became an Independent Sales Representative. I’ve been with the company 8 years and feel we are making a difference in our personal health as well as helping many others improve their health.

Ask me about our new product Prospere – a unique product formulated on break through science harnessing the revolutionary science of strengthening stem cells. Here’s a link to my Nussentials website:
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The opinions expressed are those of the guest blogger.

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I had a writing assignment to create a story with a Nancy Drew bent to it. This blog post is what I wrote. Consider it my editorial opinion wrapped in a fictitious story.

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Judy Baily isn’t one to meddle or pry, but when she sees injustice she has to act. That’s exactly what happened last Wednesday on her way to ballet class. She watched as a teenage boy sitting at the bus stop was being tormented by a group senior citizens. She knew she had to do something.

Yes, you read that correctly – a teenage boy was being tormented by a group senior citizens.

Here’s what Judy had to say…

My name is Judy Baily and I’m an eighteen year old senior in high school. I believe in respect, dignity and being a good citizen. I know that sometimes my age group can get a bad rap for being rebellious, rude or inconsiderate. I’m here to say that as in any generation or age group we have our bad apples, but we teenagers aren’t all part of a preconceived stereotype.

I want to share what happened in my neighborhood a couple of days ago and maybe this will change your perception of stereotypes.

My best friend Margie Morgan and I walk to ballet class every Wednesday after school. Neither of us want to dance professionally, but it is wonderful exercise and we enjoy being part of an amateur dance troupe. It’s about a five block walk from our street to the dance school. On our way we pass by a neighborhood senior center. We generally see one or two of the senior citizens waiting at the bus stop for their ride home.

Last Wednesday as we were walking by we noticed a group of older adults surrounding a teenage boy who was sitting and waiting at the bus stop. I don’t want to be judgmental, but this teenager had a few tattoos and piercings. With that said, all he was doing was sitting and waiting for a bus.

Margie and I heard the unruly group of seven senior citizens begin making fun of this young man’s appearance. They were calling him unflattering names. The young man to his credit didn’t reply. The teenager was probably fourteen or fifteen and was dressed in black leather and combat boots. He was not, and I repeat was not, bothering anyone.

Margie and I couldn’t stand by and allow a group of adults to mistreat this young man.

“Ladies, why are you harassing this young man?” Margie asked as politely as I’ve ever heard her.

“This hooligan is ruining our neighborhood.” Answered the most outspoken of the women.

“Why do you say that?” I asked innocently.

“Well just look at him. He looks like troublemaker.” A short stocky woman with grey hair and glasses snorted at me.

“Did he do something to you?” Margie wanted to know.

“No, not yet. He’s just waiting for us to turn our backs and then he’ll steal our bus money or worse.” A silver haired woman in a wheel chair chimed in.

“So what you’re saying is because this young fellow looks different than you, he must be up to no good.” I added to the conversation. I couldn’t hold my words back any longer.

“We’re not saying that exactly,” the first woman stammered, “we’re saying we know his type.”

I stood back and watched the teenager look down at the ground and not say a word. He wasn’t angry and didn’t seem upset by the confrontation. Quite frankly, in my opinion he was acting more mature than our “mature citizens.”

“So,” I said, “you are prejudging someone by their looks without knowing anything about them. I believe that’s called being prejudice.”

The seven senior citizens, turned in unison looking at me with that deer in the headlights look.

“We aren’t prejudice, we’re being cautious.” Said one woman in the back of the group.

Margie’s cheeks were turning red with anger as she piped up, “If you saw a group of teenagers doing what you are doing to this young man, what would you think of the situation? Would you think that a group of people were harassing the person sitting on the bench?”

“Of course we would, but that’s different. The elderly are vulnerable.”

I couldn’t help myself. I had to continue Margie’s argument. “What gives you the right to harass and judge this young man? Just because he may look different than you think he should, does that give you the right to harass him?”

As I finished my sentence the city bus pulled up. The young man stood up and boarded the bus. I watched him take a seat by the window and mouth “thank you” to me.

“I mean no disrespect, but you should be ashamed of yourselves. You are older, wiser and we look up to you to be our role models. My grandmother always said, ‘Never judge a book by its cover.’ Maybe that’s something all of you should remember when faced with a situation like this.” I blurted out in one long exasperated breath.

Margie smiled sweetly and said, “Have a nice day ladies.” We turned away from the group of women and continued walking to ballet class.

When I think back, I realize three teenagers handled a tense situation with more maturity than seven senior citizens who should have known better.

Let me ask you this: If you walked by and saw the same scenario, how would you have handled the situation?

  • Would you have walked by and done nothing?
  • Would you have stopped to see what was happening?
  • Would you have taken sides before knowing all the facts?

The moral of the story: As my grandmother always said, never judge a book by its cover.

Please take a minute and share your thoughts with us.

***This is a work of fiction.***
None of it is real. All names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
 
 
Thank you for reading this post,
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author, blogger and success teacher
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
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Happy Hills is abuzz with excitement when neighbor Mable Goody is found dead in the middle of her prize possession – a large prickly pear cactus. Who could have committed murder in their quiet subdivision?

Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars – LOVE THIS STORY!!!
By Kara on January 22, 2017
Having two dogs, I truly loved this story! I could definitely see my two girls doing these things. I hope Ms Michaels will continue with this series. I can’t wait for the sequel!
 
 
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We have a guest blog post from Marilyn Sarno, Independent Consultant Apriori Beauty.

I am a sixties girl. I loved the 1960s when I was a teenager and the end of the decade completing college. I loved the fashion, the make-up and the music. The look was natural aka little makeup. Most of us used a gentle soap, moisturizer, blush and mascara.

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Now, at 66 years young reflecting back I realize how little I knew about basic skin care and preventing the signs of aging.

I wasn’t thinking about ever aging! Today, I hear young women concerned when they turn 30 years about impending wrinkles.

I believe that this a reflection of our society hyper-focused on unrealistic beauty and avoiding any aging process. Many older woman state that they inherited their healthy skin and beauty from their mother. It’s my genes! I did some reading from reputable sites and the consensus is that although genetics (intrinsic aging) plays a part, your daily habits (extrinsic) have more of an impact on your skin as you age.

As much as 90% of your lifestyle and environment affects the aging of your skin. The 90% environmental factors are:

  • Smoking,
  • Excess exposure to the sun,
  • Poor diet and too much alcohol,
  • Inadequate sleep,
  • Chronic stress,
  • Using harsh skin care products,
  • Lack of a beauty skin care regimen.

We all know that leaving makeup on while we sleep and forgetting the sunscreen leaves our skin vulnerable to dry, wrinkled skin and age spots. Please don’t forget to drink enough water throughout the day too.

Let’s look at each group and the aging timeline:

Millennials were born around mid-1980s to early 2000
During our 20s and early 30s the first fine lines form around our lips and eyes. You know those smile wrinkles around your eyes and squinting too much causing frown lines. Much of this is due to the early decline of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the proteins that make skin firm and elastic.

Generation X were the group born approximately from 1965 – 1980
They followed the post WW11 Baby Boomers. During the 40s the skin continues to lose collagen and elastin and blood circulation slows which results in less nourishment to the lower levels of the skin. Thus, wrinkles start to become permanent.

Baby Boomers – post-World War 11 generation born between 1946 and 1964
During our 50s and 60s we experience hormonal changes especially during menopause. We see gravity taking over and our skin starts to sag.
Reduced cell turnover can cause the skin to appear dry and dull. We recognize those signs of aging as hyperpigmentation, change in texture and an increase in wrinkles.

Over the years, I would go to the spa for a professional facial. I would ask the Esthetician, what is the most important thing I can do to prevent aging?

I have seen many different Estheticians and they all say the same thing. Proper basic skin cleansing morning and night and good quality skin care products without any toxic chemicals.

This beauty routine benefits all age groups. The earlier you start the discipline of a beauty regimen which should include exfoliating, cleansing, toner, serum, and SPF moisturizer/night cream and combine it with a healthy lifestyle, the more youthful your skin will appear.
You will be aging gracefully and look beautiful!
 
 
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Guest Blogger:
 
Marilyn Sarno Independent Consultant for Apriori Beauty anti-aging skin care products. I became an Independent Consultant after using our 5-step six product system and loved the results in my skin.

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