Cassandra Bodzak is this Week's Curator!

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Cassandra Bodzak is this week’s guest curator! 

Cassandra Bodzak is the best selling author of “Eat with Intention: Recipes and Meditations for a Life the Lights You Up” and the founder of online mind-body-soul support community, Aprecity.com. As a global meditation and wellness teacher, Cassandra guides people on how to use meditation, self-care, and food to elevate their lives.  

Cassandra started her healing journey after years of disordered eating, insecurity, stress-addiction, and anxiety. It wasn’t until Cassandra’s darkest moment that she finally started listening to her soul. When a voice within her told her to meditate, she went to her computer and Googled “guided meditations.” Cassandra began listening to her intuition and was led to exactly the right books, teachers, and classes. Fast forward to today, and Cassandra is helping thousands and thousands of women reclaim their lives just like she did.

Cassandra’s story is a powerful reminder that the tools are often right in front of you — you just have to be open to finding them and implementing them. Your life truly can change the moment you decide you’re ready. We hope Cassandra’s channel leaves you feeling supported, inspired, and ready to tap into your own inner wisdom.

Kimrie Lewis is This Week's Curator!

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This week’s guest curator is Kimrie Lewis — a stand-up comedian and actress who currently stars on ABC’s hit comedy Single Parents! Kimrie stars opposite Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Jake Choi and Brad Garrett.

Kimrie was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. She is passionate about inspiring other girls and boys from her community, and telling her story as an LA native.

In addition to her role on Single Parents, Kimrie is a stand-up comedian who has toured nationally and currently has a residency at the Flappers Comedy Club in Los Angeles. She also writes for Kevin Hart´s LOL Network new comedy series, The Donors, and this fall, she'll be in #2MinutesofFame with Katt Williams and Jay Pharoah. She has previously be seen in Scandal, New Girl, and The Mindy Project. 

You can currently watch Kimrie on Single Parents, which is a comedy surrounding a group of single parents as they raise their 7-year-old kids and form a bond along the way. Created by Liz Meriwether and JJ Philbin, the show is a fun, relatable take on being a single parent while still maintaining a personal life outside of parenthood. Kimrie’s character “Poppy” is a charismatic, intelligent, funny, and free spirited business owner (Poppy owns “Poppy’s Wine-brary” — a wine bar and library). The series airs Wednesday nights at 9:30 PM ET on ABC ✨

Meet Artist Chantal Psota Ball

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Meet artist Chantal Psota Ball, and learn about the inspiration behind the pieces she’s submitted!

What is the inspiration behind the pieces of art you’ve submitted? 

Do not worry there is no hurry

When I was a little girl I would stress out at night laying in bed, whether or not I completed all my homework. My mom always told me to stop worrying because there was nothing I could do about it at that moment. I think it translates to my life still. So often I find myself stressed out, rushing around to finish up a task when it really could wait. So I need to keep telling myself this to calm down and finish when I finish without creating arbitrary deadlines in my head. You are doing great. Just keep going!

Practice and Patience

I heard this on a podcast after the question was asked How to be successful. And the response from the guest was to keep practicing and having patience. I think patience is often so overlooked because we feel that these people are just overnight blowing up and being successful. But it’s really not true at all. In the background, they have been practicing for years and have had the patience to stick it out and keep with it. So just keep going, you are on the right track.

Who cares what people think

I find myself questioning my actions and decisions based on societal expectations or my environment. So this is a reminder I need constantly. Don’t worry about other people. Just keep doing your thing. Be proud of your path and embrace your differences. You are you for a reason and you need to make your voice heard, so don’t care what people think and be unapologetically you. 

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about spreading positivity and encouraging people to keep going. I love seeing positive influences in the world and am always excited to be a part of such organizations. I especially want young girls to know that whatever they set in their heads they can achieve if they keep with it. 

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

Keep pushing and spread positive vibes. It’s so easy to be separated by differing opinions but don’t give in to that false sense of belonging. We win when we can agree to disagree and live with love and respect for one another. Let’s support each other in our efforts instead of trying to bring each other, or ourselves, down. 

Stay in touch with Chantal on Instagram (@psotaball)!

Meet Artist Olga Muzician

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Olga Muzician is a Ukrainian-born, New York & New Jersey-based letterer and designer who has worked with both start-ups and large corporations making their project dreams a reality. Olga has studied art her entire life, starting out as a painter and transitioning into graphic design, and now lettering. When she’s not working, she spends time on personal projects and various lettering challenges to keep my skills constantly evolving.

Recently, Olga started working on murals and chalkboard lettering throughout New York City. On her days off, you can find her exploring new hiking trails, taking weekend road trips, biking around Brooklyn, gushing over every dog she sees on the street, and buying too many new pens at Blick Art Materials.

To see more of Olga’s work, visit her website and Instagram (@olgamuzician)!

Seana Kofoed on Career, Self-Care, and Learning Through Failure

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Seana Kofoed is the writer and producer of the upcoming thriller 30 Miles from Nowhere. With a female director, writer, and producing team, and a diverse and 50% female cast and crew, Seana’s mission was to create an inclusive and diverse environment. We asked Seana to share some of her top tools and advice with the Womaze community - here’s what she said!

What are some of your “top tools” for life? (In other words, what pieces of advice or tips have helped you through life?)

SK: I’m sort of relentlessly optimistic when it comes to my little sphere. I believe we can be agents of change, even if only in tiny ways. If I hit a roadblock, which is often, my next step is to think on creative ways around it. It may not get me to the exact same destination, but possibly to something cooler and more interesting. And sometimes you hit that roadblock a gazillion times, but on the gazillion and one-th time . . . maybe you actually get through.

What are some of your top tools for caring for your mental health?

SK: I don’t keep the company of totally negative people, if I can help it. I’m usually able to remind myself that whatever hurdles I’m experiencing in my life, there’s always someone who has more challenging hurdles than I do, and if they can muscle through theirs, I can certainly muscle through mine. I also have kids, and they’re a pretty great reminder of how much joy there can be in the world. And I believe that ultimately goodness and kindness prevails, so that helps to keep me moderately balanced in our often-fraught world.

If there’s one thing you could tell your past self, what would it be?

SK: I would tell my younger self to take up a little more space in the room. To ask for less permission, and take more chances. As women it’s so easy to fall into the trap of simply taking whatever is given to us, to never ask for more, to never ASSUME we can do more...when of course we are amazing, kind, and intelligent creatures - we’ve just been gaslit into thinking we can’t run the world. When, of course, we can. And probably should!

How do you practice self-care while also hustling and following your passion?

SK: Though my husband would beg to differ, I don’t eat horribly. I do enjoy sweets and snacks and whatnot, but I’m not gonna sit down with a huge piece of cake. Mostly because I don’t like cake, I like candy! But I’m pretty decent at the in-moderation thing. I also force myself to drink a glass of water every morning because then at least I’ve had . . . a glass of water

What advice would you share with people who don’t know what they want in life and/or their career?

SK: I would say imagine your ideal life and your ideal career with no limitations. And then on both fronts, you just take one baby step after another in the direction of what you want. Even if you don’t end up exactly where you envisioned . . . at least you’ll be moving forward!

What’s a lesson you learned because of a “failure”?

SK: As an actor, we’re constantly experiencing rejection, i.e. tiny little failures. All the time. And the upside of that is that they start to not matter. They’re just part of the landscape of moving forward in your life. I’d definitely have fewer “failures” if I didn’t go after roles . . . but then I’d never get one!

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now?

SK: Be kind. Look in your heart and ask yourself if your neighbor is REALLY that scary? Are they THAT threatening to your way of life? Isn’t it better if we’re all healthier, have access to services, are tended to as human beings? “It takes a village” isn’t just a pithy slogan, it should be a way of life. Don’t buy into the rhetoric of fear, buy into the rhetoric of kindness and understanding.

What’s your favorite quote/saying?

SK: From the amazing playwright, John Patrick Shanley: “I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap.”

30 Miles from Nowhere is available on DVD and Digital on March 5!

Jennette McCurdy's Top Tools

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Download Womaze on the App Store and Google Play to see Jennette’s Top Tools for mental health, empowerment, and self-care!

We could not be more thrilled to share that Jennette McCurdy is this week’s guest curator! We’ve admired Jennette for years, and couldn’t wait to learn about the tools and resources that have shaped her.

Jennette McCurdy grew up acting as a child and had successful leading roles on shows like Netflix’s Between and Nickelodeon’s iCarly. In 2017, Jennette began writing and directing her own projects after not feeling totally fulfilled with the work she did as an actress and wanting to take charge of her own creative narrative.

Her first short film, Kenny, was featured on Short of the Week and in The Hollywood Reporter, and is an official selection for the 2019 Florida Film Festival, where it’s nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film.

Strong Independent Women is her newest short film, which is a dark comedy surrounding a mother who puts all her energy into helping her daughter overcome an eating disorder.

“I made this short film about a frazzled mother who puts all her energy into helping her daughter overcome an eating disorder,” Jennette said. “Eating disorders are a serious mental illness that I care deeply about helping to represent honestly and helping to bring awareness to.” You can watch the film here!

In addition to sharing the articles, videos, and quotes that have inspired and helped her, Jennette shared some additional favorites with us. See her picks below!

Favorite Movie (Part 1): Skeleton Twins

JM: This movie is funny but heartfelt and handles depression and suicide with delicateness and humor. Luke Wilson is by far the best part of the film.

Favorite Movie (Part 2): What About Bob?

JM: A classic comedy starring Bill Murray. I haven't seen it in a while so I'm not sure if it still holds up, but I do recall loving that it showcases an obsessive-compulsive neurotic with humor. What can I say? I relate.

Favorite Book (Part 1): Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön

JM: I've listened to this as an audiobook at least three times. It's calming and thought-provoking and, best of all, highlights the importance of humor in the pursuit of self-growth.

Favorite Book (Part 2): Mindset by Carol S. Dweck

I got this book a few years back and it was so useful in helping me to reframe my mindset and learn healthier patterns of thinking.

Favorite Book (Part 3): Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

There's never a bad time to practice radical acceptance - especially for someone as strong-willed as I can be. This book has a gentle, detailed narrative that delves into why radical acceptance is such a good concept to incorporate into your life.

Favorite Skincare Product (Part 1): MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser, Exfoliating Face Wash

I know everybody's on the Indian healing clay train but I swear this sugar scrub was the life changer for me. It has a really subtle but nice, sweet scent and it's gentle enough (it lathers into a foam) that I can use it every day.

Favorite Skincare Product (Part 2):Resta Melting Moisturizer

I can't do moisturizers with fragrance because I have such sensitive skin, which is why I love this one. It's fragrance free and goes on like coconut oil.

Favorite App: MyFLO Period Tracker

I love this app! It helps me track my periods and gives me helpful tips to navigate the natural mood shifts during each phase of my menstrual cycle. For that reason, I think my boyfriend finds this app even more helpful than I do.

Favorite Planner: Mood Tracker Planner

This is the planner I use to plan out my tasks and appointments. There's an area where you can fill out your moods each night (and what influenced them), which I love.

Favorite Website: PsychologyToday.com

I'm a psychology nerd and this is one of my favorite websites to frequent. It's got great, reputable articles and is also a nice source for finding a local, licensed therapist.

We hope you enjoy Jennette’s channel & top tools!

Meet Artist Cyla Costa!

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Cyla Costa is a lettering artist who works with murals, illustration, printing, and branding. Her one-woman studio is in Curitiba, Brazil; yet she can often be found traveling around the world, painting a mural or speaking at a conference. She is currently in love with all things related to typography, lettering, calligraphy and personal projects. Happily part of the Brazilian collective Criatipos. 

See more of Cyla’s work at cylacosta.com and visit her Instagram (@cylacosta)!

Meet Carly of Clementine Studio

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Here’s what Carly, the artist behind Clementine Studio, shared about the inspiration behind her artwork!

What is the inspiration behind the piece of art you’ve created? 

Women around the country turning out to support each other and the causes they care about, over and over again the last few years, has been a constant source of inspiration for me. And of course, we can always count on our best four-legged pals to come along for the ride.

What are you passionate about?

Lots of things! But lately my mind has been consumed by starting a new large-scale series of paintings involving animals and women. It's been a slow process as client work takes up 90% of my time, but it's been a slow-building idea that's been brewing for the last decade and it's finally started to settle in a way that feels like the missing puzzle piece I've been searching for and I can't wait to bring this work to life!

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

The one thing I've been personally coming back to, work related and life related, is to not take myself too seriously. Nothing you haven't heard before or even that's particularly life-changing, but it's been working for me. There's a lot to be concerned with in the world and it's difficult to not have it infiltrate your mind every hour of the day with the amount of content and ways we absorb information. I find myself tensing up a lot: my face, my shoulders, my attitude. There's so much to care about, to be concerned by, to want to change and it can manifest physically in our thoughts and bodies. With my work, anytime I'm stuck creatively, I try to remind myself to not take myself too seriously. This instantly clears my mind of what I think I should be creating, to what I actually want to be creating. Which is always much more fun and freeing. And I try to apply that same feeling toward my personal life: anytime I'm overthinking something, comparing myself to someone, or just feeling down, when I'm reminded to not take myself so seriously, it injects a lightheartedness into my mood and brings me back to myself.  

See more of Carly’s work on Instagram (@clementinestudio) and visit her website!

Meet Artist Lucy Llewellyn!

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Lucy Llewellyn is a freelance graphic designer based in Newport, South Wales. She combines her love for hand-drawn type with illustration and color to make quirky lettering pieces. Here’s what Lucy shared about her passion for design and the inspiration behind the piece she created!

What are you passionate about?

This is my passion! Design I mean. Making stuff and being creative in general. I love seeing something come to life from a scruffy little thumbnail sketch. And if I’m feeling unmotivated, it only takes a walk outside to get some inspiration. Seeing an old sign in the street, graffiti, typography on a record sleeve, battered stickers on a lamppost, the design on a beer can, book covers, packaging, the color of a flower. It’s all around and never ending; you just have to keep your eyes peeled. I like to take a photo of whatever has caught my eye for future reference. 

What is the inspiration behind the piece of art you’ve created? 

Born out of a Goodtype Tuesday prompt from Carmi Grau (a fantastic Berlin based lettering artist and illustrator, aka Super Nice Letters) who challenged us with the question, “If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?” I chose to write “Embrace the Unknown,” to say yes to opportunities, even when it scares you. You’ll discover new things when you positively embrace the unknown and face the fear head on. And hey, if it doesn’t end how you thought, you’ll be richer for the experience. Hopefully, anyway!

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

I think the world needs more kindness. Whether you know it or not, your actions set an example to others. So be kind to your mind and your body, be kind to others and most important, your environment. Make the world a better place.

To see more of Lucy’s work , visit her Instagram (@thatgingergirl88)!

Meet Artist Annick Martin!

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Annick Martin is an award-winning art director and graphic designer with over 7 years of experience. She is a recent New York City transplant hailing from Los Angeles and born in Bogota, Colombia. She is a designer of all things and specializes in experiential marketing, advertising, events, branding, interior and office design with a passion for color, innovation, and DIY.

Follow Annick on Instagram (@annick.martin) and visit her website to see more of her work!

Katie Willcox's Tools for Self-Acceptance and Body Positivity

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In today’s world of Facetune and photoshop, it’s so important to have amazing role models for self-acceptance and body positivity. That’s why we’re so thrilled to have Katie Willcox guest curate this week!

If you haven’t already heard about Katie, we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to her. As the founder and CEO of Natural Model Management and the creator of Healthy is the New Skinny, Katie is a champion for body positivity. Through Healthy is the New Skinny, Katie empowers people to choose their health over the beauty ideals portrayed by the media, and provides the tools needed to create lasting change.

Katie is also a mom to a beautiful girl named True, and co-hosts her podcast with her husband, Brad. She has been a featured speaker around the world, and made her debut as an author last year, when she released her book “Healthy Is The New Skinny: Your Guide to Self-Love In A ‘Picture Perfect’ World.” The book offers a powerful approach to healthy body image by exposing the harmful media messaging set in place by the fashion and beauty industries.

We hope that Katie’s channel inspires you to embrace your body a little (or a lot) more, be kinder to yourself, and learn about what true self-love looks like. We’re so grateful that Katie is spending some time with our Womaze community this week, and we can’t wait for you all to see her top tools! 

You can find Katie on Instagram at @katiewillcox and @healthyisthenewskinny!

Heather Hartnett: Embracing the Humanity of Entrepreneurship

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What makes a great idea come to fruition is truly dependent on the people who build it. As the CEO of the New York City-based Venture Capital fund Human Ventures, Heather Hartnett is dedicated to helping builders build. Heather deeply understands how an idea can only thrive if the people behind it are committed to its success. 

Heather shared some of her tools for building a business, caring for your mental health, and finding your passion. She also fills us in on some of her favorite self-care practices and shares why something that may seem like a failure can actually a blessing in disguise ✨

What are some of your “top tools” for life? (In other words, what pieces of advice or tips have helped you through life?)

HH: Build your network — and do it thoughtfully. It’s not about quantity — it’s about quality. Invest in relationships and prioritize making them meaningful. The strength of my relationships — and the diversity of them — is key to any success I have as the CEO of Human Ventures, a venture capital fund backing, building and scaling industry-changing technology companies through a startup studio model.   

When we started Human Ventures, we created it as a platform to help builders build. How do you attract and retain the very best entrepreneurs at the beginning? We called it “Human” because a company idea is nothing without the Humans building it. If you bring people with grit and passion, who also have the desire to build hugely successful companies, they will by nature have a strong impact. So when we’re backing a company, we’re actually backing the founder and his or her ability to execute. Our valuable network at Human has been the key component to getting it off the ground.

How do you practice self-care while also hustling and following your passion?

HH: It’s definitely hard and continues to be challenging as I take on more. I love yoga. I never regret taking the time to do it and I always feel good after it — there are very few things you can say that about. As women, so often we fall to the bottom of our to do lists. The time we carve out for ourselves is the first thing to go when something pops up unexpectedly. I really try to commit to that time and hold myself accountable to it. I know I will be better in my professional and personal lives if I have that time to decompress.

My husband and I are also very committed to making time to spend together. And since we both work in the startup world, we make sure that time is device free and try to talk shop as little as possible. It’s so tempting because we’re both so passionate about what we do, but we make sure to remember — we’re humans first.  

What are some of your top tools for caring for your mental health? 

HH: Meditation. I spent 5 years growing the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit established to bring meditation (specifically Transcendental Meditation) to populations suffering from traumatic stress, and I’m now a member of the board. TM has been an integral part of my life from a young age, and it’s been critical to to my mental health. Ideally it’s practiced 20 minutes twice a day, and when I can fit it in, I know it’s some of the most important time in my day. Meditation, like anything that is good for you, requires consistency — you have to practice to feel the benefits. And it’s key to recognize that taking this time for yourself — regardless of how many thoughts might be running through your head — is a worthwhile investment in a life-changing habit.

If there’s one thing you could tell your past self, what would it be?

HH: Find out what your strengths are and lean into them. Don’t try and fit into someone else’s idea of what you should or shouldn’t be. Don’t do things to “tick of the box,” do them because they give you experience and allow you to learn. I would also tell my past self “you have so much to learn!”

What advice would you share with people who don’t know what they want in life and/or their career?

HH: Experiment, be curious, and ask a ton of questions. In startup terminology, test, iterate and learn. Make a list of the things you’re passionate about and the areas where you want to develop your skills. Think about your background as it translates to your passions. Figure out how you can add value to the ecosystem you ultimately want to be in. You don’t have to come from the top school or top firm, the really smart people will find you if you’re standing out.

What’s a lesson you learned because of a “failure?”  

HH: I have a huge extended family and most of them are lawyers. I idolized my grandfather and he was a lawyer, so I thought if I wanted to be anything like him, I would have to go to law school first. I studied and studied for the LSATs and REALLY tried to like it. But I couldn’t retain the knowledge. I hated it. I failed at it. I didn’t go to law school. Thank goodness I failed at taking the test, or I might have become a lawyer.

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now?

HH: One of the most important things we can do in a 24/7 world of notifications and news alerts and email inbox overload is make sure we remain connected to our humanity. We built Human Ventures on the principle that what matters most is the human — not the idea. There’s a lot of technology out there that’s trying to suck your attention and draw you into an internet rabbit hole, at Human, we’re focused on thinking through how life stages are changing (looking at you, Gen Zers!) and how that affects our lens on the world. Gen Z is leading the way in prioritizing humanity and human connection in a world where relationships and experiences too often feel detached and impersonal.

What’s your favorite quote/saying?  

HH: “Hustle ‘til the haters ask you for a job.”

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Heather Hartnett is the CEO and Founding Partner of Human Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital fund backing, building and scaling industry-changing technology companies through a startup studio model. Hartnett has been recognized for creating one of New York’s premiere startup studios and for the unique approach and fresh perspective she’s bringing to investing by publications such as “The Information,” which has referred to her as the “new breed of VC.”

Since launching three years ago under Hartnett’s leadership, Human has invested in and co-built more than 20 companies. Those companies have grown to a combined $150M+ in enterprise value and have gone on to raise $80M+ in additional capital from notable later stage investors.

Ianna Raim on career, confidence, and self-care

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Creating a meaningful career requires lots of motivation, resilience, and determination. In the midst of the hustle, it’s so important to take care of yourself and prioritize your mental health — it’s easy to feel burnt out. We spoke with executive and business coach Ianna Raim about creating a career you love while still focusing on your own personal needs. Here are some of Ianna’s tools for boosting confidence, prioritizing self-care, and finding and nurturing your passion: 

What are some of your top tools for confidence?

IR: I define confidence as the courage to turn thoughts into actions. In my practice, I’ve seen that a primary confidence killer is the need to be perfect. Many of us see striving for perfection as a virtue. And we believe that by working harder, we can achieve that state of nirvana where everything is nearly perfect. The problem is that striving for something as unattainable as perfection is a waste of time. It can drain our energy and zap our confidence. We can obsess about our performance in everything from work to yoga. And when we hold out until things are perfect we miss opportunities.

When we engage in the pursuit of perfection instead of being more productive, we are less productive and less fulfilled. Being done is the engine for doing more. And doing more is the stuff confidence is made of.  The more we do, the more we learn, the faster we fail and the quicker we can begin again.

A tool that is so helpful in reminding us of our worth and building our confidence is what I call a “Brag File.” Keep a folder on your desktop where you file or log anything (big and small) that builds you up. An email from a friend thanking you for your help or a positive comment your boss/partner/parent. All kinds of wins can be celebrated in your file: when you said “no” authentically and powerfully; when you spoke up even though when you were nervous or embarrassed.  

Get into the habit of adding to the file on a regular basis…and then the best and most important part is to read it and relish it whenever you are feeling down.  It’s a great confidence booster because it’s you and it’s real. 

What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned through creating your own business?

IR: I’ve always been an entrepreneur and I’ve enjoyed what many entrepreneurs do: the thrill of creating something new, the autonomy, and the challenge. Over my career, I’ve started companies involved in distance learning, healthcare, finance and now executive coaching. If I’m really honest with myself when I look back, I realize that my successes and my failures (and there were plenty of both), had less to do with what I was doing and more to do with who I was when I was doing it. In other words, the competition, the health of the industry, the economy and even my product or service was less important than how I was showing up every day. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that your attitude and mind-set in the face of challenges makes a huge difference. My attitude about myself and my world determined whether I took risks in my businesses or whether I played it small. It also made a difference in the way I treated the people who worked with me. Did I inspire and motivate them or did I complain about them? It even affected whether I worked 60 hours a week or found time for myself.

Honesty about how our feelings and emotions affect us and others is an important pre-requisite to being successful. I have seen it with my clients. Those who better manage themselves, their beliefs and their emotions not only do better in business, they feel better too. Starting your own business is not for the faint of heart. It can be frustrating, exhausting and scary.  A range of emotions is to be expected. Being self-aware about when those emotions serve you and when they just get in the way is critical. 

What advice would you share with people who don’t know what career they want to pursue?

IR: These are a few things I might tell someone who was searching:

  • Pay attention to what your gut tells you. Even the person who complains "I have no idea what I like" does know in her gut; she's just not noticing. In feeling overwhelmed or dissatisfied or bored, the fewer moments when you feel good may be overlooked. Ask yourself: "What are you doing when you lose all track of time?" What do you do early in the morning or late at night when it’s quiet and you’re alone? What stories do you find yourself always reading online? The ones about rescues, making money, crime? What magazines do you pick up when you're waiting in the grocery line to checkout? What are the last two books you read and why did you choose them?

  • Think about which strengths boost your energy. Just because we're good at something doesn't mean that doing it makes us feel energized and eager to do more of the same. I'm good at doing laundry, but that doesn't mean I like it. Be as specific as possible. "I feel energized when I close a sale” or " I feel energized when I stand up in front of people and give a clear and interesting presentation."

  • List careers or jobs that you would love to have if you didn't have to worry about money or qualifications. Go to imagination land and stay there for a while, uninhibited. Examine the list and see what the jobs have in common. The list can be the basis for further research and informational interviews with people in similar real-world jobs.

  • Ignore people who say you can’t. It's not uncommon for friends and family to challenge or belittle your dreams of opening your own company or changing careers. They may label you as foolish, selfish or wonder why you just can't be satisfied with the status quo. While it would be nice to get everyone's approval, it's just not possible.  Remember that many times when people tell you that you can't do something, they're not actually talking about you, but rather about themselves.

How do you prioritize self-care while still being motivated to create an incredible career?

IR: Someone once asked me how do busy women find time to take care of themselves? The answer was simple. They don’t “find” the time; they make it.

Ask yourself: “Am I more patient, more productive and more creative when I have nourished my body and my soul?”

Creating an incredible career depends on taking care of you. Self-care and career success are not mutually exclusive. Over the long term, they are intimately linked. That’s not to say that there won’t be times where work will take priority and you’ll have to put your exercise regimen on hold. Work-life “balance” is a myth; I don’t know anyone who ever feels that all things are exactly equal or in balance. What’s important is to realize that work-life “fit” (as I like to call it) is constantly changing depending on the circumstances. It’s important to be ok with “good enough”. When we strive for perfection either at work or at our work-out, we are bound to be disappointed.

Celebrate small wins. Even if you can’t work out but you can take the stairs at the office, consider that a win and move on.

Get creative. I had a client who loved art; she decided to take the long way home from work so she could appreciate the architecture of a certain neighborhood.

What are simple things that we can do every day to move us forward in creating the lives we want? 

IR: What we do is affected by what we think, so I’m a huge believer that if you can think and feel better, you will most definitely do more toward reaching whatever goals you set.

These are a few thinking/feeling hacks:

  •  Feel Gratitude. Develop a habit of finding three small things to be grateful for every day. Even better if they are simple things like “I enjoyed a hot shower,” “I parallel parked in that tight spot on my first try,” and “There was no line at the bank.” These small things add up and improve our antenna for finding things to be grateful for.

  • Be honest when you’re afraid. We can easily find excuses for not living the life we want…not enough time, not enough money, not enough experience. Fight fear with small acts of bravery and then give yourself credit for acting bravely. I love Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote “Do one thing every day that scares you.”  I try to live by that.

  • Accept your own approval as enough. Being a people pleaser is hard work. Being an approval addict can be harmful to your health. Know your own values and live by them. Don't worry about what others think because you'll never make everyone happy, so don't bother trying. Instead, set your own high standards and work towards those.

To learn more about Ianna, visit her website at iannaraimcoaching.com

Seher Sikandar Is This Week's Curator!

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Meet Seher Sikandar: a Brooklyn-based photographer, writer, and community facilitator with the heart of her work rooted in the inextricable link between art, media, culture, healing, and social change. 

When our friend and previous guest curator Cat Lantigua introduced us to Seher, we knew she would be an awesome guest curator. This week, Seher is sharing some of her top tools for life, which include the emotional freedom technique (EFT), breath-work, and tips for breaking social media addiction. Seher is a beautiful writer and you’ll see some of her powerful poetry in her channel as well.

Seher explains that her intention to create “potent and inspiring medicine” in the form of projects, initiatives, works, spaces, and movements to spark dialogue and elevate the human experience.

In addition to the content shared in her channel, Seher shared some of her favorite books and podcasts with our community: 

Podcasts

  • The Call with Erica Williams Simon

  • The Life Stylist Podcast with Luke Storey

  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Books

  • Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn)

  • Your Hands Can Heal You by Master Stephen Co

  • Astrology For the Soul by Jan Spiller

We hope you find the tools in Seher’s channel helpful and meaningful. Stay in touch with Seher on Instagram (@seher) and visit her website, seher.co, to see more of her work and upcoming projects!

Meet Artist Katie Chandler!

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Katie Chandler is an Illustrator from Columbus, OH making colorful shapes from compassion and curiosity (and can’t walk past a beautiful leaf without stopping to admire it.)

What is the inspiration behind the piece of art you’ve submitted? 

I think we all tend to forget how worthy of love we are. So many forces are constantly trying to make us feel like we need more and to be more. I wanted to remind people that they are enough just as they are, and the space you take up is worthy of love. Always.

What are you passionate about?

Oh so many things! But the thread I’ve found connecting them together has been encouraging a curious perspective. Paying attention, asking more questions, carving out spaces, doing my best to cultivate compassion and understanding.

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now? 

To quote the late, ever incredible Mary Oliver, “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” - and I will add, to pay attention is to love, to love is to be free.

Stay in touch with Katie on Instagram (kchandlerart) and visit her website (www.katiechandler.com) to see more of her work!

Meet Artist Roselly Monegro

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Roselly Monegro is a hand-lettering artist based in Los Angeles, CA where she runs her small studio The Inking Rose, working in a variety of mediums and mostly known for digital hand lettering that have soft color palettes and unique letterforms. She specializes in prints, apparel and advertising.  

Most of her work is about women empowerment, self-love and mental health.  Some of her favorite things are: spending time with her dog, exploring nature, eating ice cream, and ramen.

Stay in touch with Roselly on Instagram (@TheInkingRose)!

Meet the co-authors of “No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work”

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We love the incredibly relatable illustrations that Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy share on their Instagram account, @lizandmollie. That’s why we were so excited to get our hands on a copy of their new illustrated book, No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work!

Liz and Mollie are masters at creating a positive workplace environment, and they’re also advocates for embracing your emotions and feeling all of your feels. Liz has designed and facilitated organizational culture workshops for leaders at Google, Facebook, Nike, and Stanford; Mollie is an Organizational Designer at the global innovation firm IDEO, where she works with companies of all sizes to develop good workplace culture.

We asked Liz and Mollie about some of their self-care practices, tools for tuning into creativity, mental health tips, and relationships advice. Here’s what they shared:

What is the biggest thing you’ve learned about embracing emotions at work?

Don’t suppress all your emotions at work! If you ignore your feelings, you miss out on valuable data. Take envy, which is often considered a “bad” feeling. Envy tells us a lot about what we value -- if we’re honest with ourselves. Most likely, you’re envious of someone because they have something you want. That understanding might help you narrow down what kind of job you apply for next.

How do you practice self-care while also hustling and following your passion?

Prioritize your personal relationships -- they help you maintain a healthy emotional distance from your job and keep you happy. Sociologists who tracked the day-to-day fluctuations in people’s emotions found that workers are happiest and least stressed on weekends. Nothing revolutionary there. But! The same pattern held true for unemployed people. Turns out that what makes us happy is not just free time, but when our free time aligns with our friends’ free time. In other words, spending time with the people we care about makes us happy.

Do you have any tips for tuning into creativity?

Get comfortable with being rigorously unproductive once in a while. Being at rest for a time is not the same as wasting time: when you cut yourself a little slack, you’ll be more focused and creative when you get back to work. Put your phone on airplane mode for a few hours every weekend, dedicate a weekend every few months to a short getaway, or make Saturday a no-chores and no-errands day.

What are some of your top tools for caring for your mental health in the workplace?

One of our favorite tips is to keep a “smile file.” Create a folder in your inbox or or on your phone. Write down nice comments you receive and save texts or emails from colleagues thanking you for your hard work to this folder. When you’re having a bad day or if you just received critical feedback, look at all the positive things you’ve saved to your “smile file.” This lets you quickly remind yourself of what you do well, and will help you better weather your inevitable gloomy moments.

What is one way to cultivate meaningful relationships and trust with your co-workers?

Be mindful of the small moments that have a big impact on how people feel at work. A few examples: eat together! When we take the time to sit down and share a meal with our co-workers, we like them and our jobs more. Learn to correctly pronounce and spell people’s names. And when someone joins a conversation, take a moment to bring them up to speed.

What’s one message you think the world needs to hear right now?

It’s okay to feel feelings. Humans are emotional creatures, regardless of circumstance. You will have ups and downs at work, even if you love your job, so it’s time to stop feeling bad about feeling bad. Research shows that people who accept their emotions without judging or trying to change them are better equipped to cope with stress.

For more of these awesome tips and tools, check out No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work (available now!)

Meet Artist Lindsay Gergen!

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“The inspiration behind this piece is a reminder to never settle. I sometimes feel like I go around and around with my work and should call it good enough, but I know I’ll look back later wishing I had pushed on. No matter what goals you’re working toward, do it for yourself and don’t stop until YOU are proud.” — Lindsay Gergen

Jeanine Mason's Top Tools

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We could not be more excited to have Jeanine Mason as our guest curator this week! We’re so inspired by Jeanine and love the tools that she shared with the Womaze community. 

Jeanine stars as as Liz Ortecho on The CW’s  Roswell, New Mexico

Jeanine stars as as Liz Ortecho on The CW’s Roswell, New Mexico

Born and raised in Miami, Jeanine started her acting career after winning Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. Jeanine is currently starring on The CW’s new series Roswell, New Mexico as Liz Ortecho, and most recently played Dr. Sam Bello on Grey’s Anatomy.

Jeanine is a light in this world, and we’re so grateful that she shared the tools that empower and inspire her. Jeanine also shared a powerful message for the Womaze community, which is to“stand in yourself more fully, have a little less doubt in your mind, and walk into whatever room you walk into with confidence. Any sense of shying away from sharing yourself is robbing the world of exactly what we need — and that is you in your fullest” (you can watch Jeanine’s full message in her channel).

We hope you enjoy Jeanine’s Top Tools, and check out Roswell, New Mexico on Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW! 

One Day at a Time's Isabella Gomez Shares Her Top Tools

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Isabella Gomez is this week’s curator! Her advice for the Womaze community: Take it “One Day at a Time.” Both a powerful affirmation and the name of the mega-popular Netflix show that Isabella stars in, One Day at a Time has revolutionized representation for Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities. 

The show follows three generations of a Cuban-American family living in the same house. Isabella plays Elena Alvarez, the activist and feminist teenage daughter of Penelope, a newly divorced former military mother. Rita Moreno plays Elena’s very traditional Cuban grandmother, whose opinions often clash with her granddaughter’s. 

In addition to being incredibly relatable and entertaining, the show is deeply meaningful. Each episode surrounds important topics such as mental health (veterans’ struggles with PTSD, depression, anxiety) sexuality (in the first season, Isabella’s character Elena comes out as gay), gender identity, sexism, and more.

At just 20-years-old, Isabella is wise beyond her years, and she’s sharing her top tools with us this week. Some of the gems you can find in her channel include a video on self-love, inspiring quotes, Jameela Jamil’s important message on body image, tools for self-care, and Isabella’s own words of wisdom.

We hope you love Isabella’s channel, and watch Season 3 of One Day at A Time on Netflix (available on February 8)!