Scrubbing in the New–Jess Weiner

by Jess Weiner

Without a doubt, one of my favorite parts of fall is watching the leaves change into beautiful hues of bronze and gold. To me, this magical, cyclical transformation is an annual reminder of life’s fragility and the need for endurance and restoration in order to renew. But I know what you are thinking….who has the time, right? Well it’s up to us as busy, inspired women to create that time. Let today be the day you choose to put your needs on the top of your To-Do list! Read More

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Fast Fix: 5 Favorite Links for Renewal

by Tammy Tibbetts

I’m not the type to find mind-and-body balance with yoga; I’d rather be pounding the pavement on a mile run. Being in the start-up phase of a non-profit doesn’t allow time and budget for many rejuvenating vacations, either, but at this point in my life, that’s OK — honestly, for me, a good Windexing of my desktop and recycling of the excess papers piling up can make me feel more mentally organized. So what I’ve gotten really good at is finding renewal in hidden places, like within the links that cross my Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr news feeds — they remind me to stop and appreciate the wonders of life, even when it’s a whole lot of work! Read More

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Financial Renewal

by Elisabeth Leamy

In my world, “renewal” means financial renewal. There is one and only one key to get started: a good credit score. Why? Because raising your credit score enables you to get credit for less and save thousands. Read More

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Three Kinds of Renewal

by Katie Mahon

A dear friend of mine, who died of AIDS too many years ago, once told me that flight attendants tell you to “put on your own mask before assisting others” for a reason. He knew before I did that I had botched these simple instructions in my own life, and was paying the price. The children, the stressful career, the foundation work—they all got attention before anything, beyond my own basic needs, was met. For a long time, I had lost the essence of who I was and the ability to prioritize what really mattered. When I think about renewal now, to re-new, I think about beginning again, the do-over, seizing the opportunity to hit the refresh button or take the time to reevaluate. Read More

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Fearless Leader—Elizabeth Leamy

Our speakers offer their insight on how to be fearless—in business and in life.

Elisabeth Leamy, consumer correspondent for ABC News’ “Good Morning America”

What advancements have you seen women make in your industry in the last few years?

“It’s remarkable! There are now more women than men working at the Washington bureau of ABC News where I work. When I started in the field 20 years ago, that was not the case. I know that my journalism school, the Medill School at Northwestern University, routinely graduates classes that are majority women. I think that the same gift for articulation that I see in my 4-year-old daughter is true of many women, so we are taking over fields like journalism that are all about expressing yourself well.” Read More

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Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect. —Brené Brown

Dr. Brene Brownby Brené Brown

The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting, but as hard as we try, we can’t turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like “Never good enough” and “What will people think?” Read More

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Miracle Courage

by Mary Beth Phillips

Eleanor Roosevelt said that women are like tea bags; you don’t know how strong you are until you get into hot water. I have jumped feet first into cold water, lived among neighbors in tepid water, and found myself in hot water more times than I would like to admit. I don’t get too excited about reinvention, mostly because I never had time to really settle into an “invention” of myself long enough for me to need to reinvent. But I do know a thing or two about living life fully while living through change and making a difference while doing so. Read More

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What’s the Best Day to Shop?

Saving money is all in the timing, says speaker Farnoosh Torabi. She takes you through all the deals and discounts available for gas, groceries, airplane tickets and more.

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You Have to Give to Get

by Tory Johnson

When using sites like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with potential customers to build your business, it’s essential to give to get, which I do with pleasure and total transparency—another social media must. This means I don’t hide the fact that I want people to attend my events and support my products and services. I am up front and out in the open about it. But, to be successful, I must give in a wide variety of ways. I call this my 80/20 rule. Read More

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NO: the Most Difficult Word to Communicate

by Sarah Welch

“N. O.” Why can’t we just spit it out? These are two letters any two-year-old and most sixty-year-olds can string together with ease and a fair amount of boldness. But something happens to us between our toddler and golden years. By the time people reach their early teens or twenties, most will have either completely lost the ability to string together those two simple letters, or at least find them incredibly difficult to spit out without a whole lot of equivocating. Read More

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