Enter This Week’s Inspired Woman Contest Now!

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Have you entered yet?

Enter HERE >> http://www.igniteyourtruth.com/contests-that-inspire/

This week’s Inspired Wo/man Contest is OPEN!! Submit someone (or yourself) who rocks their confidence and stays strong!

PRIZE: Pamper Me Gift Basket from Felicity Floral!

CLICK HERE to read about our last week’s Winner, Gina Swenson from Las Angeles California!

 

Your Restitution: A Bridge Above Your Tears

restitution_banner_1I wrote a song in 2002 called Bridges.  It was a song that was on my heart to write for the book I’d written, Restitution – which is set to be released and published next month.  I feel compelled, suddenly, by whatever you want to call it – Spirit, the Universe, God (I call it God) that someone needs to here this message of hope and healing.  So, I’m posting the link to the song. It has since been recorded in Nashville and will be released with the novel when it comes out.

If you are a survivor of Child hood sexual abuse or domestic violence, please take 3 minutes and listen to this.  I think you need to hear the message.  All my love.  Courtney

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How To Have Unshakable Confidence!

This week’s episode digs into what really is confidence…how do you get it and stay strong in it! PLUS 2 Worksheets this week to help you out!

LISTEN NOW >>http://www.igniteyourtruth.com/04-podcasts-unshakable-confidence/

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Two Secrets to Unlocking Your Value

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My boss took me to Panera Bread to give me the ultimate ultimatum.  I had to either embrace my value as one of his managers or take the “you’re fired” option.  He specifically said to me, over my Thai Chicken Salad, “You haven’t created Value.”

I couldn’t figure out why I was struggling with developing positive and productive relationships with my co-workers.  I wasn’t clear on my objectives, and even though I had a ton of great ideas my execution lacked organization and confidence.  I was in the midst of being the newest employee at the bottom of the totem pole in a leadership role that I just couldn’t seem to make work.  I was absolutely fabulous at sales, had unique ideas for increasing profitability, and could always envision and be passionate about the bigger picture.  So, what wasn’t working?

Even though I said to my boss that day over lunch that I would commit to embracing my value as a manager and come on board full force in my performance … I was totally at a loss as what that meant or how to do it.

So I started with what I knew.  What my OWN unique value was.  Instead of managing my co-workers, I started managing my own value – my output in direct correlation to my skill set and what made me unique.

I was great at sales but terrible at organizing.  So, I started selling more and making sure the sales people I managed started getting more involved with my sales. I learned to delegate the things that I knew I wasn’t as strong in and gave those jobs to people who had those talents.  I was great at leading team meetings, so I started doing them more often and getting my sales staff involved.  I stopped worrying about who would like me, and started focusing on my strengths.  I stopped being bossy and started to lead.

I had to constantly address myself every day at work by asking myself, “Is what I am doing right NOW valuable and am I bringing something to the plate that no one else can bring?”  We can all do a certain task the same way, but it’s the uniqueness of those of us who bring our true talents and value to that task that allows for superior performers.

So as I began to see output increase and my own sense of value increase … I began to also see something else emerging.  My own confidence.  I was beginning to take stock in ME.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better … I was let go.  “We can’t afford your salary and are eliminating the management position.”  Ouch.

At first, I thought this was a setback.  A huge one.  I started to doubt the progress I’d made because the end result wasn’t what I expected.  However … after a few days and a few good friends to lean on, I realized  that it was EXACTLY what I needed.  I had risen to the challenge of discovering my true value in who I was and what I had to offer and the time for me to go for my dreams was NOW.

So, I hunkered down with my severance pay and finished my second novel and co-founded a new company, Ignite Your Truth.  At times, often isolated, I had to call upon those unique things about myself to remind me that I had VALUE in what I had to offer the world.

I could sell.  I could write.  I wanted to heal.  I wanted to share the message of love and hope.  I had a voice.  I could speak.

Almost getting fired led me to discovering my innate Value based on my strengths and talents.  Getting let go led me to living out my life-long dream of becoming an author and speaker.  It is often times not in our enormous successes that we discover the true secret to our inner value, but in the challenges that we are called to face.

So what is the secret to unlocking your value?

Secret #1:  Value is in the discovery of what you were born to do and what you have to offer the world.

That doesn’t always mean that it’s losing your job and writing a book or starting your own company.  It can mean anything, in every task, during any normal day as well.

Since I work from home now, I’m remembering those days of what it felt like to be a stay at home mom.  The dishes, the laundry, the carting kids around … the everyday tasks that tend to get mundane and overwhelming.  I’m remembering how I would occasionally feel a little forgotten. Unappreciated.  I remember what it was like to dress in my favorite black pencil skirt with my delicious red leather patent shoes …. and then I look down and I’m still wearing my pajama’s and it’s already noon.  But, there is even value in that.

I’d worked for nearly 8 hours on my novel and on my website http://www.igniteyourtruth.com one day last week and when I broke for lunch I noticed how dirty the oven was.  I felt like that oven. A little forgotten, serving a great purpose, but a little bit of a mess.  So, I set out to clean it.  I don’t know what happened in that hour but I was suddenly dead set on cleaning that oven like I’d never cleaned anything before.  Out of nowhere I sensed value in my doing what I was doing and it felt good.  I was humming and singing and scrubbing and at one point I think I even day dreamt about winning the best oven cleaner contest in the world.  (this was before 5:00 so I hadn’t even cracked a bottle of wine yet)

That evening when James came home and asked me, “So, what did you do today?”  I felt slightly unaccomplished.  I felt overwhelmed. Starting a company and editing a novel is draining and it doesn’t bring a steady pay check.  I took his comment personally, as if by my staying at home now to kick start my company made me some house wife who sits around and eats bon bon’s all day.

But then, something happened.  I smiled.  I pointed to the oven and said, “I cleaned the oven.”

Maybe it wasn’t the launch of my novel or the booking of several speaking engagements or a high website hit day.  But I’d done something with my whole heart that day, given it everything I had, and I felt damn good about it.

Secret #2:  If you do just one thing today, do it with all your heart.  You’ll find the value.

  • What strengths, skills and unique talents do you have that create value in your work, with your friends and with family? 
  • How can you start to focus on those to really unlock the secrets to your value? 
  • What situations have you been in that led you to your value moments? 

We’d love to hear from you!  Comment. Connect. Share.

Prize Winner for Inspired Woman of the Week Contest!

Gina Swenson | Inspired Woman of the Week Contest

Doesn’t matter what Gina has on her plate she always makes me a priority in her life and it blesses me and inspires me. To be a person so selfless and so giving of every facet of herself to those she loves every day?

 

This week’s nomination comes from Catherine McClaugherty of Littleton Colorado and she says,”I’m nominating my best friend Gina Swenson for the Inspiring Woman of the Week because she embodies basically everything that Ignite Your Truth has been discussing and delving into since the start. Authentic friendships. We naturally always hold all of those looming little insecurities we have as close as possible and tightly cling to the difficult and (albeit sometimes dark) secrets of our lives. Since the day I met her over 13 years ago and we locked eyes across a restaurant (she was my boss at the time but I’m trying to romanticize the moment here…ha!) any resistance to do what seems natural was just futile. The woman just looks at me and my own most personal and intimate thoughts come tumbling out.”

Catherine continues to tell Ignite Your Truth: “My entire life I’ve been told that I am not one to really open up, so Gina is like my own trusted Gladiator in terms of helping me navigate and conquer my inner battles and struggles. Gina is an incredibly busy mother of six, let me repeat, SIX children including her 2 beautiful step daughters. The way her children respect and adore her no doubt would make even a great mother – look at her in awe if not envy. I can only imagine what kind of lives and accomplishments lie ahead for the munchkins that are being raised by this one of a kind woman. Her (awkwardly high) level of intelligence and ability to look at the world everyday as HER oyster inspires me. As we get older and friendships often change with different paths and responsibilities, Gina and I’s friendship has only evolved and grown. Two kids? Three kids? Four kids? A daily schedule that probably doesn’t leave five minutes for her just to be alone? Doesn’t matter what Gina has on her plate she always makes me a priority in her life and it blesses me and inspires me. “

What does it mean to be an Inspired Woman?  In Catherine’s words for Gina, “To be a person so selfless and so giving of every facet of herself to those she loves every day? (And that was Gina’s voice just popping into my head saying in our favorite Asian comedian’s voice, “HOW yoouuuuuu know daaaaat”…) I know for a fact one day Gina and I will be somewhere sharing a bottle of “two buck chuck” on some patio when we’re in our 80s not reminiscing about life – but trying to out-talk eachother in whatever it is we’re flapping our jaws about at the moment and deciding how to maximize a night of fun while minimizing the trouble we know we’ll be getting into.
What is it about them/you that specifically relates to this week’s theme? : In a nutshell, Gina can Ignite My Truth when sometimes I can’t seem to get it lit on my own. :) “

This is raw, relevant, Radical Friendship ladies!  Thank you so much to Catherine for nominating such an OUTSTANDING WOMAN and thank you to GINA SWENSON for being that friend, mother, sister, daughter, and woman that we can all look up to!

What did Gina Win?

This Week’s Prize

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Nominate your Inspired Woman of the Week Today!

Sunshine Bloggers Award!

sunshine-blog-awardWOW! I feel so honored and humbled to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by fellow inspiring blogger Mary at Rock Your Inner Hippie!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARY! :)

There are some small details that go hand-in-hand with excepting this awesomely-titled award, so here they are:

‘The rules…’

  • Include the award logo in a post or on the blog
  • Include a link to the person who nominated you (Molly, you rock!)
  • Write 10 random things about yourself
  • Nominate ten other bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”, and let them know you nominated them…

Now for those 10 Random Things about Me…

1. I am an actress but didn’t act in my first play until I was 34 years old!

2. I sold my first book in 2002!

3. I lack the ability to turn down a dare

4. I can impersonate E.T like no other!

5. My son is currently in Boot Camp and graduates in only 9 days!

6. I am a classic Literature FREAK and have a tattoo of the Raven on my back!

7. My dog is Named Hemingway.  (See #6 lol)

8. Once, as a guest speaker at a church for Roe vs. wade Week I faked a live pregnancy test.

9. My life motto is: ‘Nothing is Ever In Vain’

10. My second novel, Restitution, is about to be released

And my SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD nominations are (drumroll please…)…

1. Jenna Dee 222

2. Insight from a Woman’s Heart

3. Steven Waddell

4. Dosage of Daily Inspiration

5. Health, Happiness, and Skinny Wraps

6. Ignite Your Truth

7. Brevity

8. Mindfulbalance

9. Truth and Cake

10. Real Life Co.

A big THANK YOU to each of these bloggers for the SUNSHINE they spread with every blog they write  🙂
And to Mary, I say thank you again for nominating me for this wonderful award  🙂

Be Blessed! Be Bold! Love, Courtney!

Inspiring Interview: Steven Waddell Overcoming Social Anxiety

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[VIDEO] of Steven Waddell sharing his very inspirational story of overcoming social anxiety, a gaming addiction and extreme weight loss! He will charm you and inspire you to your own journey to overcome!!

READ & WATCH HERE >> http://bit.ly/18wA6uI