Skye Dyer's Top Tools

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This week’s guest curator is someone who has been an inspiration to us for many years now — the incredible Skye Dyer. This summer, we had the honor of having Skye and her amazing sister Serena over at our home. It was a dream meeting them, and we knew their powerful messages had to be shared with our Womaze community!

For those who aren’t yet familiar, Skye is a singer/songwriter, a writer and now a full-time mom to her son Waylen and a little girl on the way (!!!). She spent the majority of her adult life traveling and performing for her late father Dr. Wayne Dyer, the renowned spiritual teacher, while also performing at many other events. 

Here’s why meeting Skye and Serena was so incredibly magical and full circle for us: as little kids, our mom would play us Wayne Dyer’s audio books and tell us stories and messages from his books. His books and teachings played a significant role in our mom’s life growing up, and she was committed to sharing his powerful work with us early on. 

We had always been inspired by Serena and Skye as well, and when we met them a few months back, it was a dream come true. Their deep wisdom, kindness, and incredible stories amazed us all and we knew there was something very special here. 

TO OUR SOUTH FLORIDA FRIENDS: In addition to featuring Skye and Serena as guest curators (stay tuned for Serena’s channel!), we are THRILLED to be partnering with Bloomingdales Boca Raton to host another Womazing panel next week, on September 18 at 6pm featuring both Skye and and Serena! The panel discussion will be centered around self-empowerment, personal growth and powerful steps to create a better life. BTW, the event is FREE but there is limited seating and registration is required! 

To RSVP, please use this link! If you have any questions about the event/signing up, we’re happy to help over at info@womaze.com. We can’t wait to see you there!

How to Get Sh!t Done with Alex Batdorf

Photo courtesy of Alex Batdorf

Photo courtesy of Alex Batdorf

If you ever feel like you’re working hard but not getting the results you want — we have the girl for you. Alex Batdorf is an entrepreneur, business strategy coach, and the founder of Get Sh!t Done (watch the series here). We spoke with Alex about her story and her top tools for Getting Get Sh!t Done — see our conversation below!

What was your inspiration for creating Get Sh!t Done

I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 19. I’ve had the privilege of growing and scaling one of my companies to the multi-million dollar mark, which only 1.7% of female founders have done today and I raised institutional capital, which only 2% of female founders experience (closer to 0% for black female founders). Along my journey, I kept hearing how hard it is for female entrepreneurs to grow and scale our companies without many practical solutions being offered. We obviously know it’s hard, we live it every damn day — even for someone like me who had access to capital. I then started to wonder about the 98% of women who didn’t have the type of access I had in my last company. What pissed me off beyond the point of no return was after learning that 88% of female entrepreneurs make less than $100k in revenue in their companies annually. After speaking with over 100 female founders over thousands of hours, I realized that it wasn’t just about access to venture capitalists, which is where the conversation typically veers. The reality is that a small percentage of founders, in general, are well suited for venture capital. Instead, I found that it was about access to curated resources that will help female founders grow and scale their companies on their own terms based on where they’re at today and where they’re trying to go. This includes access to networks, an understanding of growing and scaling based on your stage, blueprints handed down from other female founders who grew and scaled despite the odds, etc. This was my inspiration for Get Sh!t Done. It became my mission to scale access to fundamental resources required for female founders to build successful companies while building a new system that doesn’t just focus on a select few. 

Photo courtesy of Alex Batdorf

Photo courtesy of Alex Batdorf

What are some of your tools for Getting Sh!t Done

It really depends on what you see as a tool. I could give you a list of tools I use for my company but in many cases, it’s not applicable to everyone. Instead, I believe self-care is the greatest tool I have in my toolkit that I neglected in my first two companies, which eventually led to burn out and dispassion for what I built. This required making myself a priority because at the end of the day we have to give ourselves oxygen first to make the most impact. 

For me, this looks like not rushing to texts or emails as soon as I wake up but instead waking up and meditating to set the tone and intentions for my day. This means taking the time to ensure the “machine” is running optimally by doing some form of daily exercise and eating well. I’ve also learned to redefine what balance means instead of chasing an unrealistic goal. To me, balance isn’t necessarily 50/50 (business vs. personal). Instead, it means that I don’t operate at one speed consistently, such as dedicating 100% of my focus to my business all of the time. There will be days or weeks where it will be 99/1 or 60/40 or 30/70. However, there has to be some allocation of time that’s just for me. Even though I’m far from perfect, this approach has made me a better person, businesswoman, family member, and friend.

What is one lesson you are currently learning? 

Whew. What am I not learning? I think the most important lesson that I’m currently learning is to have unshakeable faith while enjoying my process and journey. It’s easy to measure ourselves against where other people are but our journey is exclusive to us and incomparable. Many of our present day doubts, fears and worries seem to stem from this comparison culture perpetuated by social media. What’s meant to happen for you will happen when it’s supposed to. In the meantime, enjoy where you are and make the most of it. I’ve found that magic tends to follow me when I choose joy and express gratitude for where I’m at right now. It gives me a sense of clarity so I can be forward thinking and unlock the next steps to get to where I want to go. When my energy is focused on what other people got (have) going on, it’s energy I’ve taken away from building my dream and I miss opportunities that are in plain sight. So get tunnel vision, have faith, and focus on your dream. Everything else is distracting you from making it happen.  

What advice would you give to entrepreneurs who want to lead authentically? 

Be unapologetically you and have an uncompromising understanding of your values. People tend to tell me that I have a great personal brand but I didn’t study or work in branding. I believe the secret to leading is having the courage to own who you are and to own what you value out loud. This can be terrifying because it requires vulnerability. Many people, especially women, have a tendency to want to be liked because it feels like a form of connection, which is essential to the human experience. However, being liked won’t make you feel good. What makes us feel good is when we feel seen, heard, and understood but this can't happen if we hide who we truly are. This is why community (tribe, squad, etc) is so important. Instead of trying to be liked by many, focus on liking yourself by developing a relationship with who you are and who you want to become. From there, you’ll come to understand what you value and start to attract those who have the same values, which ranges from essential business connections to key hires. 

Company culture is so important. What are some of the key ingredients in creating a great culture in a startup, in particular?

I think this ties into leading authentically. Establishing company values, which should mimic the founder's values, is essential because it acts as a guiding compass for who you attract and how you make decisions. Beyond that, being open and transparent with your entire company on where you’re at, where you’re trying to go, and how every single person on your team will help you get there is MAJOR. This isn’t just setting lofty revenue goals. It’s about sharing what those goals mean and what impact will be made when you get there. It looks different for each company but what has worked in my companies is being open about what helped us hit or not hit revenue goals to how much money we were trying to raise from investors and what the funds would be used for to what challenges we were facing. This means that you cannot operate from a top-down approach because at the end of the day you should be hiring people who are smarter than you at their job who can give insightful feedback. When you’re sharing progress reports company-wide, give your employees the space to share what they think is working and not. Many times, your team will have insight into something that you’re blind to. I’ve found that this creates buy-in and a shared passion for moving towards the North Star because the people that work for you don’t just feel like an employee. They hopefully have a shared understanding and passion for building something amazing with you. 

Do you have any tips for following your intuition while running a business? Has there been a particular time when tuning into your intuition was a game-changer? 

I believe your intuition is your superpower. I’ve never heard any entrepreneur say that a game-changing moment was made based off of what they learned from a spreadsheet. It’s usually a feeling. The game-changing moments are when we were able to see something that no one else could because we listened to ourselves. A moment in particular when I followed my gut that became game-changing was when I resigned from my last company without a plan and moved to New York to start another company. At the time, I had no idea what the next company would be, no official place to live, and only 2 months of cash to survive on. By having faith and trusting myself, it led me to create the first iteration of Get Sh!t Done within a month of being in NYC. By continuing to have faith and trust my gut, Get Sh!t Done has morphed into something I never could have imagined. My advice - trust yourself. It’s not quantifiable. You will fail and make mistakes along the way but it all works together to get you closer to a dream even bigger than the one you’ve imagined.

Lastly, what is your favorite quote or mantra? 

It changes based on the season I am in but right now it’s:  

“When I am myself, most authentically myself - free from self-hatred, free from self-judgment - I am my most revolutionary.” - Amandla Stenberg

To learn more about Alex, check out her Instagram and website!

OITNB's Beth Dover is this week's guest curator!

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Our guest curator this week is . . . Beth Dover!

Beth plays Linda Ferguson on Netflix’s "Orange is the New Black “ (Season 7 is premiering THIS FRIDAY!). Beth can also be seen starring in the upcoming Netflix absurdist comedy series, “Medical Police,” which is a spinoff of the Emmy-winning comedy series “Children’s Hospital.” Beth will reprise her role as Nurse Beth, a wide-eyed ingenue who also writes her own fan fiction. You may also know Beth from Comedy Central’s historical satire series “Another Period,” as well as in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

In addition to her work on screen, Beth is a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the HRC. We’re thrilled that Beth shared some of her favorite quotes, videos, and articles with us — ones that have impacted her and inspired her in a powerful way.

Here at Womaze, we love sharing what amazing women like Beth are reading, listening to, and watching to help them navigate life. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find in Beth’s channel:

  • Brené Brown’s AMAZING TED Talk on vulnerability (a Womaze favorite)

  • Glennon Doyle’s powerful SuperSoul conversation (another favorite of ours)

  • Esther Perel on the secret to desire in a long term relationship

  • Robert Waldinger’s TED Talk on what makes a good life

  • & more!

We hope you enjoy the tools in Beth’s channel, and be sure to watch her on Season 7 of Orange is the New Black on Netflix!

Meet Artist Gia Graham

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Meet Gia Graham, the artist behind this beautiful piece!

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

As we navigate our way through life (and social media) comparing ourselves to others and holding our idols high on pedestals, it's so easy to feel insecure, inadequate and even insignificant. I made the "You Are Worthy" piece as a reminder to honor ourselves, to value our worth and to feel confident in our own path.  

What are you passionate about?

I am (and have always been) passionate about creativity. I think if we allow ourselves to dig deeply enough, creativity can truly help us connect with our source.

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

We must remember that we are all connected. We cannot allow constructs like borders, languages and politics to separate us from our humanity.

To see more of Gia’s beautiful work, follow her Instagram (@iamgiagraham) and visit her website!

Sadie Radinsky's Top Tools

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We are so inspired by this week’s guest curator, Sadie Radinsky! At just 17 years old, Sadie is wise beyond hear years. She’s a recipe creator, wellness writer, and founder of the blog WholeGirl.com (previously known as Goodies Against The Grain). Sadie shares wholesome Paleo recipes and vibrant living tips for young women, with a goal to help teens love themselves and love food.

Sadie’s writing is beautiful, her podcast, Jump for Joy, is powerful, and her recipes — well, they’re insanely gorgeous and delicious (check out Sadie’s Instagram!).

This week, Sadie is guest curating a channel on Womaze where she shares the top tools that have inspired and guided her. After diving into her channel, maybe you can test out one of Sadie’s amazing recipes too — nourish your soul + your body!

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

Meet Romy, the artist behind Muchable

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

Everything inspires me; sometimes I'm just walking in the street and an idea pops up in my mind. In everything around me, I see illustrations and patterns. Also, at the moment, I do a challenge everyday to create a pattern and work out a quote. I try to share words that people can use as a motivation or solace. You see so many beautiful things on Instagram that sometimes you forget that not everything in life is as beautiful as it is on Instagram. Mental illness is also an important topic on my Instagram page. I want people to know they are not alone and you need to be kind to yourself and sometimes you have to rest. And if it's not going as planned, that's okay too. 

What are you passionate about?

Illustrating definitely — I live for that. I also like to write, photograph, do sports and travel! But most of my time I spend at my desk drawing and creating new content. 

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

It's okay if it's not okay. Not everything has to be perfect and you are not alone in this. In this world, you have to be busy all the time, but for who? We are so hard on ourselves so we really need to be kinder. 

To see more of Romy’s work, visit her Instagram (@muchable.nl)!


Toy Story 4 Star Ally Maki Shares Her Top Tools

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This week, Toy Story 4 star Ally Maki is sharing her top tools with us!

In the newest sequel of the iconic film (in theaters June 21), Ally plays Giggle McDimple, the films tiniest toy, and is also the first Asian-American woman to have a lead role in the Toy Story universe! She also previously starred on the TBS series Wrecked and can currently be seen on Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger

Ally recently launched Asian American Girl Club, an apparel company that aims to redefine what it means to be a modern Asian American woman. Check it out here!

In her channel, Ally shared the videos, articles, and quotes that have guided and helped her (we absolutely loooovee what she selected). We hope you all enjoy Ally’s top tools, and watch her in Toy Story 4, in theaters this Friday 🎉

Meet the Artist Behind @morganarnoldart

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What is the inspiration behind your art?

My art is inspired by my own life. I have a little sister who is 13-years-old and I try to give her advice that I wish someone would have told me when I was her age. Since I was little, my dad has always told me not to worry about the things I have no control over. This year was very stressful for me, so along with painting and making collages, I made quotes I could print out for my wall. I did not expect others to enjoy my art but I am very thankful for the support I have gotten. 

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about art, it is what I turn to in times of anger, stress, and inspiration. 

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

The world needs more confident strong women. We all get so caught up in our jobs, the media and even the stress of our daily life. We need to focus on slowing down and take time to love ourself like we love others. Now more than ever, it is important that women find their voices and build the confidence to use it. So with that being said, what the world needs to hear right now is us.

To see more of Morgan’s work, follow her on Instagram (@morganarnoldart)!

Amanda Schull's Top Tools

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Our guest curator this week is actor, former professional ballet dancer, and gem of a human being Amanda Schull! We’re thrilled to feature Amanda and share her top tools for life with our Womaze community. 

Amanda is known for her starring role in 12 Monkeys, and her roles in Suits, One Tree Hill, and Pretty Little Liars. Amanda also starred in the film Center Stage and danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet.

This week, Amanda is sharing some of her favorite videos, articles, and quotes that have impacted her life (which you can find in her channel on the Womaze app!). You can also find Amanda’s favorite feel-good Instagram accounts, TV shows, and podcasts below:

Positive Instagram accounts

T.V. Show

  • Kids Baking Championship

Educational Podcasts

Online Shop

Ballet

You can stay in touch with Amanda on Instagram (@amandaschull).

Wishing you all a beautiful week ahead!

Meet Artist Jennifer Greive

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

I believe in giving support and encouragement to others. That everyone rises when we lift them up. Doesn't it feel good to encourage someone else when they are feeling down? I always find it best to be supportive instead of bringing someone down. We all face so many obstacles in our lives. I wish the world could be a better place. I believe it could be better if everyone was kind to each other.

What are you passionate about?

I'm very passionate about in stopping the stigma of mental health. It's not something that should be ignored. As someone who has gone through so much anxiety the past two years including being depressed I know all too well. No one notices it. No one pays attention. Let your voices be heard! No one realizes what you have to go through in your head. If we all understood this I feel that everyone who goes through depression and anxiety could truly get the help they need to overcome it. Stop calling them lazy and that it's all in their heads. It's not all in our heads. We just need to know that someone cares.

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

That no one is alone. We all go through so much in our lives and I know one day we will get to where we want to be. Just be kind to others. It would make the world a better place.

Keep in touch with Jennifer by following her on Instagram (@jennifer.greive) and visiting her website!

Yasmine Cheyenne's Top Tools

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Yasmine Cheyenne is a beautiful writer and spiritual teacher, and this week, she’s sharing her top tools for navigating life and self-healing.

Through her speaking, workbooks, and courses, Yasmine helps her students navigate the sometimes tougher parts of self-healing work and create their own self-healing practices. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she now resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her two daughters and her husband.

We first learned about Yasmine through her Instagram account (@yasminecheyenne) and we were so taken by her powerful words. We’ve shared a few of our favorites of Yasmine’s writing below — to see more, follow her on Instagram and visit her website to learn more.

We’re wishing you a beautiful week filled with joy, inner peace, clarity, and abundance. Enjoy Yasmine’s channel!

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Source: @yasminecheyenne on Instagram

Courtney Henggeler on Motherhood, Her Top Tools, and the Lessons She's Learning

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Courtney Henggeler stars as Amanda Larusso in the hit YouTube Red series Cobra Kai — the series surrounding the storyline of the Karate Kid and the return of Daniel Larusso. Courtney can also be seen in Mom and The Big Bang Theory. We spoke with Courtney about her top tools for life — here’s what she said!

We call Womaze your "toolbox for life" because we feature tools for mental health, self-care, relationships, body image, and more. What are some of your top tools for life?

There are a few things I need to do for myself to run efficiently and happily.  If I stray too far from doing the things I need to do, I start to get real squirrelly, and not in a good way. I need to exercise daily. I love pilates, but old school strength training is what really gets my brain straight. I need to do 20 minutes of meditation, which is usually the first thing out the window when my life gets too crazy. And it’s the first thing I’ll bring back when I know I’m entering “Squirellyland” (once again, probably isn’t a thing). I love wine a lot. Like, a lot.  But I’ve found that limiting my wine habit to the weekends only, helps me be more motivated and happier (go figure. Also, bummer).

And lastly, I limit my social media stalking to once a day. It’s real easy to go down that rabbit hole and before you know it, your sobbing to your husband wondering why YOU aren’t in Bora Bora, wearing Valentino and drinking unicorn tears. Or whatever else these influencers do these days.

How has motherhood changed your life?

It’s given me tangible gratitude. I look at these two adorable, insane children and I can’t believe I get to keep them. I’m so aware of how I speak to myself now because they observe and take in everything. I want to raise kind, confident children and you can’t do that if you’re constantly criticizing yourself.  Also, less drinking. Ever wake up with a hangover and a 2 year old? That’ll end your boozing days real fast.

Can you share some of your favorite self-care practices?

I wish I could say weekly massages, monthly facials and pedicures on the regular.  But at this point, if I can blow dry my hair in a presentable fashion these days, I call that a win. Meditation is up there too.

What lesson are you currently learning?

To let go of my own personal time table.  We live with 2 small children, a dog who thinks he’s a small child and 2 cats battling cancer.  I like things my way. I like to have my home look a certain way. I like to get to places on time, but that means nothing to the folks in my house.  So I’m trying to let go of the control I need in order to allow the mess to happen. By the way, I am NOT good at this, like, not even a little, but we keep trying.

What's one message that you think the world needs to hear?

Learning that life is about perspective.  Our views and experiences are just that; they’re ours.  To demand others feel and view things the same way is sort of silly.  And to go a step further, why not try looking at things from their perspective? We all filter things through our own unique lens.  Which is wonderful, but it is definitely not the only way.

Stay in touch with Courtney on Instagram (@courtneyhenggeler) and watch her on the on the YouTube Red series Cobra Kai!

Maris Degener's Top Tools

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We are so inspired by this week’s guest curator, Maris Degener. In addition to being a a yoga teacher (she began practicing when she was 14 years old and began her teacher training at 15), Maris is a mental health advocate, writer, and UCSC student. Maris began practicing yoga as a method of healing from an eating disorder that took over her life as a a young teenager. Her story is beautifully told through a documentary called “I Am Maris,” which is available on Netflix. The film is a deeply moving, powerful story about self-acceptance, mental health, and healing.

Through teaching, Maris inspires her students to tune into their own inner strength and power. This week, Maris is teaching the Womaze community about the top tools that she uses to feel centered. In her channel, you can find the videos, articles, and quotes that have inspired and supported Maris.

Here are a few ways you can stay in touch with Maris and learn more about her work and story:

  • Follow Maris on Instagram (@yogamaris)

  • Visit her website (yogamaris.net)

  • Watch “I Am Maris,” the documentary about her healing journey on Netflix

We hope you connect with and learn from the tools Maris shared! Let’s keep the conversation going on Instagram (@womazepp) — see you there!

Community Spotlight: Kim Cronin

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Our Womaze community inspires us every day, so we love highlighting the amazing women who are a part of it. Our first spotlight is on Kim Cronin, the founder of Trulytrueworld.com. We had the opportunity to meet Kim through a series of synchronistic events (while riding together in an elevator) and she is truly a beautiful example of what it means to Womaze. 

We loved interviewing Kim to hear about her top tools for life, and we hope our Womaze community enjoys getting to know Kim and her new clothing and accessories line, Trulytrueworld.com

What is one lesson you’re currently learning?

Kim Cronin: GRATITUDE. You simply cannot be angry and have gratitude simultaneously. When something upsets me, I try to find gratitude in the situation.  If I can’t, then I find gratitude elsewhere in my life. Gratitude is as simple as saying “thank you" and it spreads positive energy to the giver and the recipient. I try to remember to give thanks in the morning upon waking and at night before bed.

On Womaze we share a daily Push Motivation, a message to remind you that you are supported and guided. What is one of your favorite quotes or mantras? 

KC: I love the daily Womaze Push Motivations.  The message always seems to be what I need to hear. I've been known to forward certain ones to family members and friends. One of the most memorable Push Motivations is "Remember when you wanted what you currently have.” That just reinforces the belief that I can manifest anything! As I get older and wiser, I see that goals that I once thought were unattainable were achieved and there is really no limit! The only thing that limits me is my mindset.

What was the inspiration behind starting your company? 

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KC: The inspiration to start my company, Trulytrueworld.com, began from the desire so many of us have: to make a difference in the world.  I couldn't help but notice that there was so much turmoil, negativity, and angry vibes in our current society.  It's a challenge to stay positive when our country is arguing with itself and others.  I thought, how can I spread a positive message that would be seen by a lot of people? That's when the idea of the t-shirts came into my mind.  A t-shirt is probably one of the most common pieces of clothing that is worn by all age groups.  I've worked with affirmations for years, so I began to imagine "what would happen if I put positive affirmation on a t-shirt that everyone would see as I walked about my day or I shared on social media? Could I make a difference? Could I put a smile on someone's face just because they wore a tee shirt that said the word SMILE?”

I am still growing and learning and my path is always changing, but for now I hope that I can inspire, spread love, peace, kindness and a smile to others by wearing a simply and positive message.  A message that affirms who I am.

What is one thing you’d tell your 17-year-old self? 

KC: I would tell my 17-year-old self: “don't sweat the small stuff, have more fun, and dance a lot!"

Who do you want to be known as?

KC: My ultimate goal is to be known as a humanitarian. Until that time, I do the best that I can to be a kind, caring, loving woman with pure motives, generosity and warmth.

What are some of your “top tools” for life?

KC: Like attracts like, so surround yourself with like-minded people. Put good energy out into the universe and you will receive good energy back.

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

KC: "We all matter AND we can each make a difference!"

You can follow @trulytrueworld on both Instagram and facebook.

What It Means To Be An Elegant Warrior

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Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

Heather Hansen embodies what it means to be an Elegant Warrior. With over twenty-five years of experience as a medical malpractice trial attorney, Heather has been consistently named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Pennsylvania and has been an anchor on the popular legal trial streaming site, LawandCrime.com. As an esteemed voice in her field, she has appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News, and contributed to Global Grind, Thrive Global, and KevinMD. Heather has done pro bono work with the Support Center for Child Advocates.

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Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

Now, Heather is sharing the lessons she’s learned from the courtroom in her new book, The Elegant Warrior, and teaches readers how they can win life’s trials without losing themselves in the process. We spoke with Heather about some of her top tools for life — here’s what Heather had so say!

What are some of your “top tools” for life? 

Heather Hansen: 1) You always have a choice. No matter what the situation, you can choose how you will respond. You choose. Remembering this in times of trial reminds me that I have an impact on every situation, even if I don’t like the situation. I can choose my response. 2) The words “could be” are magic. Studies show when we use those two words, more possibilities become open to us. And “could be” allows me to see things in a different light. What I think is happening TO me, could be happening FOR me. It reminds me of Byron Katie’s first question in The Work." Is it true?” I ask myself “what else ‘could be’”? 3) You are a magnet. Take responsibility for what you attract. 

What does it mean to be an Elegant Warrior?

HH: The ability to be true to yourself, both who you are and who you feel destined to be, no matter what inner and outer wars you face. The Elegant Warrior works to maintain that elegance even when she has to advocate for herself, her ideas, her family or her business. 

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

HH: I believe self care begins with setting good boundaries, and that isn’t easy. I work on asking myself what is right for me in each situation before I agree to something that doesn’t work for me because I’ve acted too quickly or to appease someone. That is the hard part of self care. The rest is fun—the time with girlfriends, the monthly massages and the daily meditation are all part of it as well. 

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

HH: For as long as I can remember I have given myself the gift of an hour first thing in the morning. I get up, and before I look at the phone I journal at least a page, read at least a chapter and meditate for at least 10 minutes. Then the day can begin. 

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

HH: You are exactly where you’re meant to be. Often I was in a rush, or looking around wondering what I was supposed to be doing. I’d remind myself that the Universe has plans that work when mine don’t and to trust in the moment. 

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

HH: Give it time. You are not a tree—if you don’t like a choice you make, you get to choose again. I believe we’re meant to have MANY jobs and MANY lives over the course of our one life, so there is always time to begin again. 

Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

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

HH: I am not my successes or my failures. When I started trying cases and had a string of wins,  it was really easy to see myself as my wins. I was terrified of losing. When I lost my first case I was knackered. Then I realized that I was not the win or the loss. I was more than what I was doing, and I could always go back to what I was being. 

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

HH: Slow down and listen. We all have something important to say, but we’re often rushing about without being present. When we listen, with all of our senses, we can create connections that can change the world. 

What’s your favorite quote/saying? 

HH: Aerodynamically, a bumblebee should not be able to fly. However, the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it goes on happily flying anyway. 

Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

Photo Courtesy of Heather Hansen

Meet Artist Susann Hoffmann!

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What is the inspiration behind the piece of art?

Susann Hoffmann: ”More than numbers“ was actually the prompt of a “GoodType Tuesday,” {who partnered with @florifama and @aftrisletter, the artists and founders of the “More Than Numbers” initiative}. I loved the idea of reminding myself and other artists that the number of followers is just a number, but that the people and the community behind it is what matters. Making art isn't mainly about getting likes, comments or followers – even though that is nice, of course. It can be dangerous to focus too much on what the algorithm likes and what you think might be popular instead of doing the art that you want to be doing, no matter if it gets 10 or 10,000 likes. 

What are you passionate about?

SH: Lately I feel very passionate about our planet and our future on it. I try to be as conscious as possible concerning the consequences my behaviour has on the environment. I don't do things 100% correctly (probably not even 50% of what I could possibly do), but I try to really reduce my waste of plastic, my meat consumption, my means of transport etc and just be a little more aware of the little things. I'd say I'm equally passionate about reaching equal rights and possibilities for everybody. I try to be aware of representing a broad variety of characters in my work, especially in children's media, because I strongly believe that kids of all ethnicities, gender identities and body shapes need characters to identify with and need to see themselves represented.

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

SH: I recently learned about the “Overview Effect,” which is the sensation astronauts describe who have seen Earth from space. You only see natural borders, not the man-made ones. I'd like to remind everyone that we are all humans, that in the end we're all the same, that borders exist only in our heads. We live in times where we see a lot of US and THEM thinking. Simply, and maybe naively said: I think the world needs more love and less hate.

To learn more about Susann and her work, visit her website at www.susannhoffmann.com and check out her Instagram (@susannhoffmann_illustration).

Nikki Reed's Top Tools

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We’re kicking off Earth Day by having the incredible Nikki Reed guest curate! In addition to being an actor best known for her role as ‘Rosalie Hale’ in the Twilight saga, Nikki is an animal rights advocate and the founder of the socially conscious lifestyle company, BaYou With Love.

Photo Credit: Joe Perri

Photo Credit: Joe Perri

Founded in 2017, BaYou With Love company was born out of the lack of sustainable and natural options and supports local craftsmen, artisans and ethical factories.  In 2018, BaYou with Love collaborated with Dell to create The Circular Collection, a 14-18k gold jewelry collection from extracted gold pulled from old computer motherboards. The collection went on to be named a finalist as part of Fast Company’s 2018 Innovation by Design Awards.  The latest collection, released in winter 2018, is a collection of engagement rings, all made from 18 karat gold recycled from tech and cultivated diamonds grown in California and ethically mined sapphires.

In her channel, Nikki shares some of the tools that inspire her, as well as some additional favorites (see below!).

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Nikki Reed: “I love Elizabeth’s approach to her craft and the beauty and intention behind what she creates. 

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NR: “My dearest friends, I like to call my brothers, who shepherd you through the most incredible journey of self discovery through the voice. It’s truly an unforgettable experience . . .”

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NR: “The imagery is inspiring, visual poetry.”

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NR: “I enjoy her perspective and photos.” 

TravelswithNina.com 

NR: “She makes you feel like you are seeing the world through her eyes.”

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NR: “For fashion trends and some of my favorite designers”

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NR: “I’m Inspired daily by what we’re creating over at our company!”

Happy Earth Day (& week) everyone! We hope you enjoy Nikki’s top tools!

Shelley Zalis Is This Week's Curator!

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We’ve admired this week’s guest curator for a long time, so we couldn’t be more excited to announce that Shelley Zalis, the founder and CEO of The Female Quotient, is sharing her top tools with Womaze! 

Known as the “chief troublemaker,” Shelley is a pioneer for online research, a movement leader, and a champion of gender equality. In addition to founding the Female Quotient, Shelley is a mother and an internationally renowned entrepreneur, speaker, and mentor.

As the CEO of The Female Quotient, Shelley works with Fortune 500 companies to advance gender equality across industries. The FQ’s signature pop-up experience, the FQ Lounge (formerly the Girls’ Lounge), brings a Home of Equality to major conferences, companies, and college campuses around the world. 

Shelley has interviewed influencers and leaders such as Katie Couric, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Arianna Huffington, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and David Schwimmer. She also authors a Forbes column that provides advice for women in the messy middle (middle management). Shelley is the co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the accurate portrayal of women and girls in advertising and media. Shelley is also on the Board of Directors for MAKERS, ColorComm and Dress for Success.

We’re so thrilled to share Shelley’s top tools for life with our community and to welcome her to the Womaze family! 

Aisha Dee's Top Tools

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This week’s curator is the one and only Aisha Dee! Aisha stars in Freeform's hit show The Bold Type (the third season premieres April 9, so get excited!). The show centers around the lives of three best friends who work at Scarlet Magazine, a fictional global women’s publication. The Bold Type discusses critical issues like gender equality, body image, race, LGBTQ+ issues, and more. Aisha plays Kat: the bold, honest, and confident social media manager at Scarlet Magazine. Kat is committed to using her voice and making her mark on the world.

Aisha shared her top tools for life with our community this week — and WOW — they are all incredible. In her channel, you’ll find:

  • Ways to live a bold and creative life 

  • Game-changing tips to balance your hormones 

  • Solange Knowles’ letter to her teenage self 

  • A few of Aisha’s favorite quotes and mantras 

  • Music that inspires Aisha

  • And more!

Enjoy Aisha’s channel, and watch Aisha on The Bold Type — Season 3 Premieres this Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform!

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