By Joce Blake
The great Mile High City is listed as #5 among the healthiest cities in the United States, according to Forbes Magazine. Every area in Denver has a host of gyms, golf courses, parks, and recreational areas, and of course, the beautiful Rocky Mountains set the scene, serving as a background and a playground.
With so many ways to stay fit, there is always a new and innovative trend in the fitness world. Whether you are a health nut or someone seeking a customized routine, feeling comfortable and enjoying your workout are most important, but not every space offers that experience. However, our very own Women of Denver member, Sheryl Langley, loved the fitness plan at FIT36 so much, she decided to open a new location after a year of high-intensity interval training.
Over a year, Langley dropped three sizes, and she says that it is all thanks to the “work harder and smarter” mantra that rings throughout the FIT36 locations. In just 36 minutes, the goal is to provide an intense but fun workout regimen perfect for any Mile Higher ready to see results and work hard. The 53-year-old entrepreneur and guru opened her FIT36 studio with hopes of inspiring others to “train to live” because she knows how great the muscle memory program works.
Inspired by this transformation, we asked Langley how it started. This woman of Denver told us, “The moment I decided to stop going the safe route and follow my passions to create the life I had only dreamed of. My year of transformation followed a divorce and there was a whole new life I was ready to create.” Langley recalls reading books that helped her overcome fear and self doubt. She also attended workshops on how to discover her calling and truest life passions. Langley went on to say, “I also joined a mentorship program to get the support and internal work I would need in making this big change in my life and believing in myself. I created a plan and knew I was willing to do whatever it took. Support was crucial, both with my circle of friends and my business mentors. In a short year, my experiences were beyond any challenges I had overcome in my entire life, and this was the transformation that has led me to where I am today, a stronger and more confident woman who is driven to live her passionate life.”
For every powerful transformation, there is a moment that is life altering and Langley recalled that moment happening at a workshop in Chicago. At this juncture in her life, she was considering her next move after being unhappy with her job at the time. “We all talked about what our greatest passions were and put them in the order of most important and I realized during that time that I was spending very little time in what really mattered to me,” Langley says. In that moment she asked the facilitators about mentorship and ironically they had just started a program designed for people like Langley who were looking to redefine their life. According to this brave woman, “That was the start of my journey.”
Social sciences have proven that giving a woman resources provides stronger benefit to the world. The resilience and strength that women exude is quite inspiring. That applies to Sheryl Langley. She too believes that as she shared with us, “Women have a sense of compassion and depth of being in touch with their inner self that allows us to connect on levels I feel some men struggle with (okay, most men). Women find and build their tribe and the level of support and love we give each other and the trials and tribulations we are willing to share with each other is a very special thing.” Above all things, we loved when the Mile Higher said, “We dream big and love to pursue those dreams. We are soft yet strong. Yes, being a woman is incredible!”
The Women of Denver was created to help achieve that very goal. For Langley, finding other women who shared her yearning to learn from each other has been amazing. “This group supports each and every member in every way you can imagine, personally and in business matters as well. To be able to share my story and experience with other members and inspire them has been something that truly transformed my life. Having a powerful support network has been a major ingredient for my personal transformation and WOD has been a part of that. The relationships you build at WOD can truly transform your life,” the Women of Denver member exclaims.
Becoming more passionate about inspiring others on a deeper level, you can expect to see Sheryl Langley doing more speaking and one on one life transformation coaching and mentoring. Langley believes that transformation challenges will be an integral part of her fitness business while integrating a full on mind and body transformation program that can be duplicated and used to help women and men who are ready to do the work on themselves both inside and out. She says, “It's going to be about focusing on the entire being and for me about slowing the aging process and helping others to focus on happiness that starts from within. From self care and self love.” We are excited for Sheryl Langley’s continuous transformations as she continues to make the world a more passionate place.
In starting out in the online world it can become intimidating with all there is to learn about generating revenue. No one wants to spend their money and receive nothing in return.
Veronica Cannady, Marketing Consultant, Owner/CEO of Cannady Consulting (http://www.veronicacannady.com) has 3 simple tips for you to expand your online presence while generating revenue.
1) Having a clear call to action
- Having every part of your online real estate connect fully with your audience.
- Make sure your website is easy to use, this will allow your visitors to stay longer
- Provide a FREE opt-in in order to expand your email list. This will warm up your customers for future services you provide and will expand your online presence.
2) People are looking for you!
- Remember you are your brand!
- Using Google Analytics to help you analyze your visitors ans where you can improve.
- You can access Veronica’s FREE tutorial on how to use Google Analytics here:
3) Rank Higher SEO
- Do not be afraid to ask questions to the provider of the service. Understanding the steps that are being taken is key to great SEO
- Google ranks for Content
- Use the best keywords in your industry to rank the highest in google.
That big ‘R’ word ‘REVENUE’ can be scary for entrepreneurs. Having to spend money to receive money is definitely a concept you will need to wrap your mind around in order to be successful.
With these 3 tips you will become an online powerhouse, ready to IMPACT lives.
You can watch Veronica’s testimonials on her YouTube channel Here: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9GslD4FgcfUtOcXJaHKIKA)
Written By: Jessica Schuurman - https://www.facebook.com/freecitymumlifestyle
I'm sure everyone of us can relate to the anxiety and depression caused by the stress of everyday life. Yearning to acquire the traits of a confident person, and truly begin to soar in the success of our life and business.
Confidence is accepting who you are on the inside and out and truly believing in yourself and your worth.
Being an ambitious person can be difficult in being consistent with your confidence. Having distractions or happenings that create a change from most confident to having the anxiety or beginning of depression on your shoulders, whispering in your ear ‘You’ll never make it; what you're doing isn't going to impact anyone because it's not needed.’
Your thoughts are wrong, your anxiety is not needed and that depression can keep walking. You are on point with what you are about to be achieving and because of your hard work you will definitely be helping others achieve their dreams, through your story.
Obtaining that confidence will allow other professionals to respect and honor you in the industry that you are actively part of.
MYTH: Confidence is something you’re born with.
TRUTH: Confidence is something we all have to work on.
Maybe you’ve heard of the Imposter Syndrome.
This is a concept of high achievers who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud (taken from Wikipedia.org). Some of you may never of even heard of this concept before, but have felt this way on multiple occasions.
So here's the real question, how do you get out of this vicious cycle of anxiety and fear of failure etc?
Dr. Melissa Gressner has come up with the first steps needed to truly find your confidence with a simple acronym for C.O.R.E.
C- Creating a positive and powerful mantra
O- Orienting to the internal vs. The external
R- Reconnecting to your mind, body and soul
E- Excelling with practice and application
Together these four steps become a journey in themselves, to truly find and accept yourself on the inside and out. Following the C.O.R.E outline is the beginning of a new you!
MYTH: Ambitious people are always confident.
TRUTH: Ambitious people actually struggle with confidence because
of the magnitude of their goals and dreams, causing them anxiety and stress
Dr. Melissa Gressner is a psychologist impacting her clients one step at a time. With her new and innovating ways of having sessions with clients. Her ‘Walk and Talks’ are a great way to connect on a intimate level. “Being outside can really help with depression and anxiety. Helping my client to truly be more comfortable walking by my side, rather than your traditional sitting across from each other in an office setting,” Gressner explained.
In order to truly embrace your confidence by accepting who you are, there will be many trials and tribulations that arise. There is no need to be intimidated by change. It can be as simple as flicking a switch. It can really start anywhere, especially today.
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.
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.
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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