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This month marks one year since President Trump launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, also known as W-GDP. With major support from Ivanka Trump, W-GDP addresses the lack of economic freedom that women face globally.

The idea is simple: When women are economically empowered, they reinvest that wealth in their families and communities. The ripple effect spurs more inclusive growth still—and often brings peace and stability with it.

WATCH: Ivanka Trump explains the importance of W-GDP

W-GDP’s ambitious goal is to help 50 million women in the developing world by 2025. Under Ivanka Trump’s leadership, 12 million women have been served in year one alone.

Ms. Trump celebrated that achievement today at the State Department. Whereas past presidents have talked a big game about women’s empowerment, she said, the Trump Administration is delivering. “This White House looks forward to working closely with Congress in passing W-GDP legislation and realizing this long-overdue goal.”

Joining her were a pair of lawmakers, were a pair of lawmakers, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who are leading a bipartisan charge to do just that.

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Top 10 Ways to Live Life on Your Own Terms in 2020

Top 10 ways to live life on your OWN terms: A plan for the new year

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Living Life On Your Own Terms

Improving how you live, how you serve, and how you relate in the coming new year. As per my usual behaviors, I often look ahead to the new year with open arms, welcoming it, but at the same time looking back and learning from my mistakes over the past year. Some people call them resolutions, but I balk at that term. Instead I just look at my ideals for the impending new year as a list of goals, I vow to not do anything in the coming year that doesn’t feel right for me, or my family. For 2020 I claim the word “Intentional” , (last year I chose the word “fierce” to be 2019’s catch phrase). As I get older, I realize it’s important to be deliberate in everything I do. I want to be thoughtful and less of a knee-jerk reaction type of person. I never learned how to NOT be a knee jerker, I grew up in chaos, and turmoil within an alcoholic home. I felt if I didn’t strike while the iron was hot, then this chance may never come again. It was all very primal and basic… as I get older (and hopefully wiser) I want to examine things from a higher plane before I make decisions. I want to be more strategic, thoughtful and deliberate BEFORE I react or make a decision about anything.

Here is a curated list of the top 10 ways I am going to be more intentional and deliberate in my life in 2020. I hope you can find some ideas in here of ways to be that will inspire and motivate you.


1. Meditation/Prayer:

Pray or meditate morning, mid-day, and night

In a recent interview at the Genius Network mastermind event, Joe Polish asked Tony Robbins what he does to get focused. “Do you meditate? What do you do?” Joe asked.

“I don’t know that I meditate. I don’t know that I want to meditate and think about nothing,” Tony responded, “My goal is clarity.”

Instead of full-on meditation, Tony has a morning routine that includes several breathing exercises and visualization techniques that get him to a state of clarity and focus. For me, I use prayer and pondering (my version of meditation) as the same vehicle.

Whatever your approach, the goal should be clarity and focus. What do you want to be about today?

What few things matter most during the next 24 hours?

I’ve gotten the best results as:

  • My morning prayer and meditation are motivational
  • My afternoon prayer and meditation are evaluative and strategic
  • My evening prayer and meditation are evaluative and reflective

2. Journaling

Write in your journal 5 minutes per day

This habit will change your life.

Journaling clears your emotions from serving as your personal therapist

Your journal will:

  • Detail your personal history
  • Clear your emotions serving as your personal therapist
  • Enhance your creativity
  • Ingrain and enhance your learning
  • Help you get clarity on the future you want to create
  • Accelerate your ability to manifest your goals
  • Increase your gratitude
  • Improve your writing skills
  • Lots more

Five minutes per day is more than enough. Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism, recommends writing far less than you want to — only a few sentences or paragraphs at most. This will help you avoid burnout.

3. Take Action

Make a bucket list and actively knock items off

Most people have it backwards — they design their ambitions around their life, rather than designing their life around their ambitions (see this free eBook on how to quickly create your ideal life).

What are the things you absolutely must do before you die?

Start there.

Then design your life around those things. Or as Stephen Covey explained in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Begin with the end clearly in mind.”

A simple mental exercise that may be helpful is imagining you only have 30 days to live. What would you do in those 30 days?

Now imagine you have 5 years to live. What would you do during those 5 years?

Get to work. The death-bed mentality is the only way to live. Stop pretending you’ll live forever. As Professor Harold Hill has said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

4. Challenge Yourself

Do something everyday that terrifies you

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” — Tim Ferriss

But you don’t have to constantly be battling your fears. Actually, Darren Hardy has said that you can be a coward 99.9305556% of the time (to be exact). You only need to be courageous for 20 seconds at a time.

Twenty seconds of fear is all you need. If you courageously confront fear for 20 seconds every single day, before you know it, you’ll be in a different socio-economic and social situation.

Make that call.

Ask that question.

Pitch that idea.

Post that video.

Whatever it is you feel you want to do–do it. The anticipation of the event is far more painful than the event itself. So just do it and end the inner-conflict.

In most cases, your fears are unfounded. As Seth Godin has explained, our comfort zone and our safety zone are not the same thing. It is completely safe to make an uncomfortable phone call. You are not going to die. Don’t equate the two. Recognize that most things outside your comfort zone are completely safe.

5. Give Back

Do something kind for someone else daily

“Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? If not, I have failed indeed. Has anyone’s burden been lighter today, because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there?” — Will L. Thompson (music and text)

If we’re too busy to help other people, we’ve missed the mark. Taking the time to spontaneously — as well as planned — helping other people is one of the greatest joys in life. Helping others opens you up to new sides of yourself. It helps you connect deeper with those you help and humanity in general. It clarifies what really matters in life.

As Thomas Monson has said, “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.” That would truly be a failure.

6. Take care of YOU

Go to bed early and rise early

According to countless research studies, people who go to bed and rise early are better students. Harvard biologist Christoph Randler found that early sleep/risers are more proactive and are more likely to anticipate problems and minimize them efficiently, which leads to being more successful in the business.

Other benefits of going to bed and rising early — backed by research — include:

  • Being a better planner
  • Being holistically healthier as individuals
  • Getting better sleep
  • More optimistic, satisfied, and conscientious

Waking up early allows you to proactively and consciously design your day. You can start with a morning routine that sets the tone for your whole day. You show self-respect by putting yourself first. In your morning routine, you can pray/meditate, exercise, listen to or read inspiring content, and write in your journal. This routine will give you a much stronger buzz than a cup of coffee.

7. No Means No

Say “No” to people, obligations, requests, and opportunities you’re not interested in from now on

“No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.” — Derek Sivers

Your 20 seconds of daily courage will most consistently involve saying “no” to stuff that doesn’t really matter. But how could you possibly say “no” to certain opportunities if you don’t know what you want? You can’t. Like most people, you’ll be seduced by the best thing that comes around. Or, you’ll crumble under other people’s agendas.

But if you know what you want, you’ll have the courage and foresight to pass up even brilliant opportunities — because ultimately they are distractors from your vision. As Jim Collins said in Good to Great, “A ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ is irrelevant if it is the wrong opportunity.”

8. Set Goals – Smash Them

Decide where you’ll be in five years and get there in two

“How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?” — Peter Thiel

There is always a faster way than you originally conceive. Actually, goal-setting can slow your progress and diminish your potential if you rely too heavily upon it.

In an interview with Success Magazine, Tim Ferriss said that he doesn’t have five or ten year goals. Instead, he works on “experiments” or projects for a 6–12 week period of time. If they do extremely well, the possible doors that could open are endless. Tim would rather play to the best possibilities than get stuck on one track. He says this approach allows him to go drastically farther than he could ever plan for.

9. Bare Basics

Remove all non-essentials from your life (start with your closet)

“You cannot overestimate the un-importance of practically everything.” — Greg McKeown

Most of the possessions you own, you don’t use. Most of the clothes in your closet, you don’t wear. Get rid of them. They are sucking energy from your life. Also, they are dormant value waiting to be exchanged for dollars.

Getting rid of underutilized resources is like injecting motivation and clarity into your bloodstream. While all of that untapped energy gets removed, a new wave of positive energy comes into your life. You can use that energy in more useful and productive ways.

10. Have Faith

Choose to have faith in something bigger than yourself, skepticism is easy

In the timeless book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill explains that a fundamental principle of wealth creation is having faith — which he defines as visualization and belief in the attainment of desire.

As Hill famously said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

If you don’t believe in your dreams, the chances of them happening are slim to none. But if you can come to fully know the things you seek will occur, the universe will conspire to make it happen.

According to Hill (see page 49 of Think and Grow Rich), here’s how that works:

  • “Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!”
  • “Faith is the basis of all ‘miracles’ and mysteries that cannot be analyzed by the rules of science!”
  • “Faith is the element that transforms the ordinary vibration of thought, created by the finite mind of man, into the spiritual equivalent.”
  • “Faith is the only agency through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used.”
  • “Faith is the element, the ‘chemical’ which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.”

Like expressing love, in our culture, many have become uncomfortable with ideas like faith. Yet, to all of the best business minds in recent history, faith was fundamental to their success.


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Betrayal in business can come in many forms – Dealing with betrayal in the small shop and handmade world

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Betrayal in business can come in many forms.
Whether you have a day job, and craft in your off-hours…and deal with drama at your outside the home job~~  even if you are a micropreneur and work alone the majority of the time, we makers still interact and network with many others on social media and in chat forums. That’s the nature of what we do, it’s unavoidable. Sometimes our online relationships with our “peers” and “colleagues” can become strained and the worst can happen, you may be betrayed by someone in a working relationship. I’ve personally been betrayed a few times in the handmade small business world… from reps who started their own business, making products exactly like mine, and friending all my friends when I was sick and in the hospital… to reps who never took any pictures, kept the product I sent them and totally ghosted me… it happens.. but how do we deal with this type of thing and still maintain cooler heads, and a professional disposition?
In such scenarios, the person betrayed can feel angry, devastated and perhaps unsure whether to ever trust anyone again, say Elaine Eisenman, PhD, and Susan Stautberg, co-authors of Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating, & Double-Dealing. These two successful business women say they themselves have experienced betrayal professionally and personally.

Betrayal in Business

“In all relationships we trust others, believing that while they will look out for their own best interest, they will also respect ours,” Stautberg says. “Unfortunately, that’s not always so.”
In business, there’s no guarantee that even a good friend or family member deserves your confidence.
“Regardless of how well you know someone, treat any business arrangement with due diligence,” Eisenman says. “Motives can be hidden, even with the best of friends.”
So, how can business leaders and their employees avoid betrayals that can harm them and their organizations? And how should they handle the fallout if they are betrayed? Eisenman and Stautberg offer a few suggestions:
Learn to trust wisely. Blind trust can make you an easy target because you ignore the potential for human nature’s darker side, Stautberg says. But it’s also ill-advised to assume no one can be trusted ever. What you’re after, she says, is “wise trust,” which allows you to weigh each situation, assessing whether there is low or high probability of betrayal.
Listen to what your gut tells you. So-called “gut feelings” act as an early warning system. “Ignore those feelings at your own peril,” Eisenman says. She shares the story of a woman named Ingrid, a chief finance officer in the public sector who was involved in the recruiting of a comptroller who came highly recommended. Ingrid preferred to handle reference checks herself, but that was HR’s job so she backed off, even though something told her this job candidate’s credentials were too good to be true. She shouldn’t have ignored her instinct because after he was hired the comptroller was charged with white-collar crimes committed in another state. For Ingrid, this became a triple betrayal – by colleagues who tried to make her the scapegoat, by HR, who didn’t perform a thorough background check, and, of course, she was betrayed by the man she hired.
Don’t seek revenge immediately – if at all. Planning revenge continues to provide the betrayer with power over you rather than allowing you to take that power into your own hands. It’s more productive to distance yourself from the betrayal and shore up your emotions with rational thoughts. That will help you begin to derive lessons from the traumatic event.
If you are betrayed, there is no need to beat up on yourself. “It is critical to recognize that what you are feeling is completely normal,” Eisenman says. “If you blow the event out of proportion, exaggerating its impact on all aspects of your life, you’ll only postpone your recovery.”
“The key to moving forward is self-compassion,” Stautberg says. “Get yourself to a safe space, both physically and emotionally, and get some sleep. Being rested will help you think clearly and you’re going to need your wits to survive.”
Reactions to stress differ. So, don’t worry if your immediate reaction includes anger. Try to balance it  and take the energy to hold onto your power. Surround yourself with friends. Have the courage to move forward and leave the past behind. Learn to pivot. Eisenman and Stautberg discovered that the formula for success is creating a new positive, self-confidence about work and informed risk taking.  Learn how to BOUNCE – Be Bold, Optimistic, Undaunted, Nimble, Courageous, and Empowered.
About Elaine Eisenman, PhD
Elaine Eisenman, PhD, co-author with Susan Stautberg of Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating, & Double Dealing, currently serves as an independent Board Director for DBI, Inc. (NYSE), as well as for AtmosXR and Miravan, both privately held companies. She is the Managing Director of Saeje Advisors, LLC, an advisory firm for high growth ventures. Former Dean of Executive and Enterprise Education at Babson College, she works closely with CEOs and their executive teams to create cultures that accelerate growth. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of turning risk into opportunity.
About Susan Stautberg
Susan Stautberg is Governance Advisor to the portfolio companies of Atlantic Street Capital, a private equity firm. She is also President and CEO of PartnerCom Corporation and Chair Emeritus of the WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation (WCD). Susan addresses groups around the world, including leading business schools and CEO conferences. She has written or been featured in numerous articles including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times and her on-air experience includes OprahThe Today ShowCBS Evening NewsCNN and many others.

Are YOU Capable of bouncing back from betrayal in business?

Betrayal in Business

The authors of the book (Elaine Eisenman or Susan Stautberg )  will be hosting a signing for their new book, Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating, & Double-Dealing, it will be held Sept. 10th in Chicago!

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It's not selfish, it's self care

It’s Not Selfish, It’s self-care and it’s important : Monday Motivation

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It's not selfish, it's self care

Monday Motivation Blog Series from Goosie Girl. Shop Small Dream Big.

It’s Monday again, some hate this day of the week; I on the otherhand live for Mondays. I think I get more accomplished on Monday than any day of the week; and today is no exception.

Monday is for the Motivated! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I hope all the admins enjoyed their NEW Sunday Schedules! I’m reading a book right now called “The Wall Street Journal’s Small Business Guidebook” and it has opened my eyes to something that I was overlooking in life, and business. although it didn’t say this specifically, it got my wheels turning and it opened my eyes to the fact that we , as parents and as small business owners. WE are the all encompassing fuel that pushes our businesses forward.. like a car, or a truck… we need to put good things in to make it run well… not only do I believe in the power of positivity, I believe in self-care,  healthy boundaries, eating well , getting enough sleep, and schedules that give us some down time to re-charge and re-boot.

It's Not Selfish, It's Self Care

Entrepreneurship is stressful, and micropreneurship- (what WE all do) is even more stressful because we wear all the hats. In this book they talk a lot at the beginning about trying to figure out if starting and owning a small business is really for you. They talk about the toll it takes on your family, the toll it takes on your social life, but it doesn’t talk too much about the toll on you– your bodies, your mental well-being either… It’s important to fuel ourselves with good things such as surrounding ourselves with a positive support network (such as fellow gypsies!) , eating well, getting exercise and enough sleep as well.

If we don’t take care of number ONE (us) , then everything else falls apart and the wheels come off. It’s not being selfish, it’s self-care, and that’s perfectly acceptable and needed to be in the roles we are in. This is one of the reasons I declared Sundays an official day off for the admin team. If we keep putting out, and get depleted then we won’t be much help to anyone.
I hope you guys can take a few minutes and watch this TED talk by Ariana Huffington at some point, it’s like 5 minutes long, and it’s about getting enough good sleep.
I care about each of you, and want you to all take care of yourselves the way that you deserve, quit burning the candle at both ends, and take care of YOU… otherwise your businesses along with everything else will suffer.

Happy Monday, I hope this was motivating!

xo Goose

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