Written by: Jessica Schuurman: https://www.facebook.com/freecitymumlifestyle
“It’s time; you have the fire and passion.” – Rosemary Marshall
Inspired by her drive and tenacity in creating IMPACT with women in Colorado. The tough decision to run for office, turned out to be her true passion in changing and protecting the lives of women and youth. With her respected mentor, Rosemary Marshall, along her side pushing her to do more and be more. Leslie took the chance and with the support of volunteers and the people who believed in her she won the election.
Leslie Herod was recently elected to the State House of Representatives; she represents House District 8, which includes neighborhoods in northeast Denver such as Cheesman Park and Five Points. Leslie landed over 38 thousand votes and is the first African American LGBT candidate elected to the state legislature. She also runs her very own consulting business.
Learning that having a sisterhood is so important in staying motivated by using each other as encouragement. Awe inspired, Leslie is proud to represent her state of Colorado. She continually steps forward and speaks her mind of concerns to the community. By being in Office she is changing people’s hearts and minds for the betterment of the vast majority.
“When you step into your passion, it’s a privilege and an honor.” – Leslie Herod
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Now living her life in her passion Leslie speaks about how natural it is to step out and be heard. When times get tough and you fall, it’s a lot easier to get back up and continue on the path to your goals. Living on point with passion gives you the initiative needed in order to bring projects to full completion. Creating change and IMPACT to generate a more diverse community, full of love and compassion. Teaching others to stand up for the ones in need or being mistreated.
Leslie has already begun to make a difference with the homeless youth, providing funding. Sensing the urgency and hardship these children were enduring. Leslie knew that she needed to help these youth with their future and providing the best funding for them as they deserve to have the opportunities needed to create a life full of passion. Creating a difference in the juvenile system, and with women’s rights of abortion and fertility treatments just to begin naming a few. Leslie is truly making a HUGE IMPACT in the Colorado community.
Speaking to Colorado’s youth and inspiring them by sharing her story of just being ‘one of the people.’ Leslie’s favorite part about being in office is sharing her accomplishments and changing their point of views of being able to achieve your PASSION with just a dream. Giving them motivating words and inspiration that you can accomplish anything you want and make that difference you feel needs to happen.
Leslie Herod is a perfect example of a women who steps out of her comfort zone to truly make a difference. Following her passion and putting it into the good works that she does in order to help and teach others. Living a life of purposeful meaning while creating a noticeable IMPACT. Leslie Herod is definitely an exemplar all women should look up to. Put your fears aside and follow your heart in making the difference you were meant to create.
Leslie's tips for becoming a State Representative
Believing in oneself is most important when trying to create IMPACT in your community or even the GLOBE. Your voice matters whether you want to be a politician or a school teacher. Living life in your passion is truly where your happiness lies. If you don’t try you will never fail. If you don’t fail you will never succeed.
Written By: Jessica Schuurman
Building a strong financial empire, trusting yourself to push beyond and create impact can be intimidating. By knowing your worth and learning how to present it to your boss or clients, you will be able to achieve leaps and bounds. Thus creating a career you’ve always dreamed of. In this article you will learn about Tanisha Skyes' top 8 tips and tricks for becoming a successful businesswoman ready to share her story and demand her worth.
A little about Tanisha A. Sykes
Founder of TAS Media Group, she is a Preacher, Reacher and Teacher for all Audiences, with the gift to relate and listen to others, supporting them in achieving their goals. Tanisha helps businesses articulate their message, embrace their story and connect with their audience. Having 20 years experience in journalism, she utilizes her experiences to support clients through her company.
8 Steps to OWN Your Worth in Business
‘You deserve to be seen, heard and known’ – Krystal Covington
Knowing your worth and taking these 8 steps to creating a business that you are proud of, is the first step in to the rest of your life. Change can be scary but by stepping out of your comfort zone and OWNING your voice. You are destined to be great and successful at whatever you choose to become. Believe in yourself and watch your life transform.
Quick TIP for getting featured by journalists:
In this short, action packed clip from Inside the Women of Denver we discuss building authentic online communities with social media expert Helene Kwong. Her business Hastagitude is known for their skills at growing and nurturing online communities. It's a fact that many small businesses already struggle to find time in the day for social media and unfortunately many are leaving out a key component as a result. Actually, bigger businesses complete with social media teams also often leave out this element.
Can you guess which is most often missing from the 3 C's of social media success?
Community. The whole point of social media is that it’s social, right? So, as Helene identifies, it is important to engage in conversation with your followers and supporters to show them they matter to you. This builds loyalty to your brand and a community of enthusiastic fans.
Intuition. We all have it but what does it really mean and why don’t we listen to it more often?
With us in this clip from Inside the Women of Denver is Tracy Revell with Embodied Confidence to show us how to flex our confidence muscles and tap into our intuition. Tracy defines ‘intuition’ as simply “knowing what you know”. Think about it. Your intuition gathers information from somewhere - why is it so often ignored?
Despite our overpowering cultural desire to override our intuition and listen to our body (cue burnout) we still feel it. As Tracy explains, women are actually hardwired to ‘know what we know’ and connect with ourselves.
So ladies, pull those shoulders back, connect with yourself, and get listening.
At times we struggle to see ourselves fully as individuals and leaders, but transformation can often come at the moments we least expect.
Allison Johanson is a licensed clinical social worker, who's story of fully accepting her growth and development as a business owner is an inspiration to other women who strive to see themselves as the leader they want to be or feel the tug of imposter syndrome telling them they aren't quite enough.
Allison is a leader to her clients and friends, creating the space for their own personal transformation, and the ability to find balance in a world that can sometimes feel more chaotic than comforting.
What do people thank you for?
People often thank me for creating a safe, nurturing environment where they can gain calmness in a life that feels chaotic. As women, we often juggle many different roles at once and at some points in our lives it may feel like all the balls drop at once. I provide a space to clear the mind and give a foundation so that we can juggle comfortably and feel balanced. People thank me for working with them to build this foundation so that they can be their best self at work, at home, internally, and with all the important roles in their lives.
What has inspired you lately?
All of the women I have connected with who have challenged themselves to make a leap into entrepreneurship. I love hearing stories of other women setting fear aside and taking risks in order to feel more whole as a person. I love hearing stories of people who follow their heart, even if it's scary, and have found their definition of success on the other end. We are powerful people and it's so great to remember that, through others success stories.
What do you love most about WOD?
I believe that sometimes passion feels draining when alone and with community comes power. I love that there is a space where women with similar missions and goals can come together, learn from each other and support each other.
Tell us about a recent accomplishment you're proud of
In July I left on Maternity leave feeling terrified about what my business will look like when I come back after 3 months. In October I came back to a new office space, and a new energy. Before that time I struggled to call myself a business owner, now, that's how I define myself. With that emotional shift, I have become more financially and emotionally successful as a business owner. I cherish the clients that I see and feel pride in what I do. I am very proud that I was able to use the space of fear as a space of growth. Let me tell you, it has really paid off. I love my business, my clients, and my career.
What else would you like us to share about you?
The value I most strongly connect with is personal growth. I love to learn from others and challenge myself in as many ways as possible. I love what I do because I am constantly learning new things. Not only do I have the space to learn, but I also have the space to share what I learn with people so that they can grow and be successful in their lives.
Ever heard of a PEGs? Well, get ready to start looking more closely at the ingredients in your favorite skin care and makeup products.
Ingredient detective Ann Kaemingk is back on Inside the Women of Denver to tell us what PEGs are and why we should care. She explains that even many natural products which we think are good for our skin could actually be contaminated with carcinogens and other harmful ingredients. Eeek!
Even though PEGs on their own aren’t necessarily bad, the process they go through contaminates them. The scary thing though is that the reason they are in your ingredients in the first place is to enhance the penetration of other ingredients in the product. In theory it makes sense, right? But, if the PEGs themselves are contaminated and they’re in the presence of other harmful ingredients these toxins are penetrating your largest organ even deeper.
*Runs to cosmetics bag*
Learning to listen to your body as a conscious being or a friend is not something that comes easily to most. It probably is something you’ve never even thought of doing. This clip from Inside the Women of Denver looks at healing as more than just a physical process.
Leslie Huddart of Body Wisdom Wellness joins us to talk about the real secrets to physical healing. Leslie explains that it is not only about the physical but about the energetic body as well that contributes to overall health and wellness. She describes healing as the process of of becoming whole and aligning who you are meant to be and how this shows up in your physical body.
What can you do to begin the process of self healing?
“Trust the wisdom of your body”
The Body Wisdom Method that Leslie teaches begins with a mind shift and that shift is to treat your body as if it has consciousness of it’s own - as if it can answer the question “What do you need?” Relating to the body and listening to it’s response is the first step to deeper level healing and physical well being.
Want to learn more? Visit BodyWisdomWellness.com
Have you ever wondered why you’re the only one in the room smiling? Or why the words coming out of your mouth deserve more than the reaction you receive? Well, it might be because you are subconsciously giving off mixed messages and damaging your credibility in the eyes of others. Yikes.
In this clip from Inside the Women of Denver we discuss some of the ways in which women can improve clarity in communication by becoming more aware of how we come across. Alicia Cuello, CEO of Underlying Communications, explains how many women are naturally demonstrative communicators and when body language doesn’t match the message we often undermine our own credibility. Think apologizing for a strong opinion or smile when being assertive.
Some tips from Alicia Cuello:
Learn more about managing your mannerisms and increasing clarity in your communication skills with Underlying Communications.
Finding your tribe and helping to support each other is something we are all about at the Women of Denver. The positive energy that comes from like-minded people supporting one another to succeed is a pretty unstoppable force. It is Sheryl's passion to instil clients with the motivation they need to reach their fitness goals, but where does she pull this energy from?
The power of Sheryl's tribe has been inspiring her lately, hopefully this spotlight will inspire you.
You can follow Sheryl on Twitter @Fit36Highlands
Or, visit her website: FIT36 Denver Highlands
What do People Often Thank You For?
People often thank me for inspiring them and pushing them to go for their goals. Most people procrastinate when it comes to committing to their fitness goals and I give them the support and accountability they need to stick to it. I also like to focus on whole health and fitness which means providing free extra services to members they appreciate like stretching classes, workshops, nutritional help and challenges with prizes. People thank me for creating a community they feel comfortable and supported in.
What's Been Inspiring You Lately?
The power of a tribe and the positive energy that can be created from like-minded positive people who want to be their best and support each other. The happiest people I know have amazing supportive friends and colleagues that lift each other up and promote personal and business growth. Nurturing and growing my own tribe has been my focus this past year and I've seen the results of this in the happiness level of my life.
What do You Love Most About WOD?
The diverse group of women with so much experience in just about anything you could think of and provide so much support and resources for each other. The opportunity to grow with the support of like-minded women is incredible.
Tell Us About a Recent Accomplishment You're Proud of?
Getting to my one year anniversary as a new business owner. After years of living in a safe place only dreaming of stepping out to own my own business and pursue my passions to have finally not only made the leap of faith but see it becoming such a success is amazing. Getting through so many challenges that new businesses face during their first year and watching a community grow within the 4 walls that were once just a shell and an idea. I have to pinch myself daily!
What Else Would You Like us to Share About You?
I believe that happiness is a choice we make every day. I believe that you never stop working on yourself or learning. Having great relationships in your life is vital to your happiness and staying grounded in gratitude daily keeps me positive. I love owning a fitness studio and inspiring others to become their best. When I'm not at my studio I love to travel, hike, ski, write, spend time drinking wine with friends and cooking.
This short impactful clip is one that will have you breathing a little easier in no time. This segment of Inside the Women of Denver explores how we can optimize our stress level for peak performance through gratitude.
Nina Sonovia, Founding Director and CEO of Solonco Biofeedback Institute, explains how we operate on one of three levels:
Probably a lot of you are nodding at the mention of burnout. Well you’re not alone, and in order to bring your stress level back down to optimal Nina teaches a method that employs gratitude to eliminate the high stress in moments when your body is starting to react. She says that because gratitude and stress cannot coexist it is a way to halt the body’s reaction to leave you feeling calm and level headed in a moment when you might typically be getting your back up, ready for a fight.
Watch to discover some techniques to use gratitude to optimize your stress level.
Learn more: Solonco Biofeedback Institute.
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