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Create The Holiday Season You Desire

By | Empowered Women | 18 Comments


Holidays are a time filled with memories and stories we tell ourselves about the way things should be.  We see images all around us of families gathered around the dinner table sharing food and laughter.

Yet holidays can feel, stressed, sad and isolated.  Years ago after my daughter died, that first Christmas it felt so unnatural to celebrate the holiday. There was nothing about the holiday season I was looking forward to. I was still searching for answers to questions like, “why did this happen,” or  “when will I feel normal,” and “will I ever laugh again.”

As the years passed and holidays have come and gone, it’s those first years after my daughter died, and the struggles that they brought that have helped me today appreciate and love the holiday season.

It’s those lessons that have taught me to take control of my time and to prioritize my holiday to include the things that are valuable to me and let go of other things that society says is part of the holiday season.

The truth is we all bring our past experiences to the holiday season with our expectations of how things should be, or should have been.

Whether our experiences bring us to memories of loved ones who have passed or other past experiences and memories it’s our interpretation of these memories we are bringing forward into our lives today they can either help us to create and have the holiday we want or it can take us to the past hurts and regrets.

In each of us is the ability to create the holiday season we desire and enjoy the holidays.

Think about this question, “what do I really love about the holiday season?”

If you had asked me that the first year after my daughter died, my answers would have revolved around her being part of our holiday and what was no longer possible. I was stuck looking at the past. I didn’t understand I could create a future that would be filled with new joy and  that I could enjoy the holidays.

While there is no going back in time and reversing it, there is something we can all do that is of’ benefit, it’s going a little deeper to answer the question.

Today my answer would be,  “to understand her purpose in life and to have a holiday filled with love and joy.”

Your answer may be completely different, maybe it’s to have less stress or to find forgiveness. Whatever your answer is, your solution is also within you.

Every one of us, regardless of our past, can choose to learn from the past and to create more from the experience, not only during the holidays but also throughout our life.

Change is constant for us all but how we look at our life and our experiences is our personal choice. To take the change and use our time as a chance for personal growth, to find the love and joy in the changes that happen to us, that is a choice.


The choice to grow, to love, and to give by sharing your experiences with others is yours.  


If you would like to discover more about moving forward in your life put your name and email in at the top of this page and we will send you a complimentary Journal Of Discovery to help you reveal how your past can be the very catalyst that moves you forward in life and how you too can live your life without limits.


To Your Life Without Limits,

Elena & Jean


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5 Steps To Creating The Solutions Your Customers Will Buy

By | Successful Women | 4 Comments

Ultimate business success comes from providing solutions that your ideal clients will want to buy. In order to provide the right solutions, you must first understand your ideal clients.

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You must know what your clients want, think, and feel at a deep level.

I often tell my clients that they must become “cultural anthropologists” and study their clients in the same way someone might study a different culture.

Use the following 5 steps to help you become a “cultural anthropologist” AND provide the right solutions for your ideal clients:

  1. Interview potential clients.  Let them know you are working on market research and that you don’t want to sell to them.  Ask them questions about the issues they are having, what they want, and how they’d like to solve their issue (make sure you frame the conversation to be about the specific area you solve)
  2. Identify key themes. Review all the data you collected from those interviews (be sure you’ve collected at least 10 interviews) and look for common themes about what they want, the issues they are having, etc.
  3. Organize into different client stages. We all know that clients want to get from Point A to Point B. However there are MANY steps between those two points. These steps can be grouped into smaller “stages” of the client journey.Example: if someone wants to lose 10 lbs, their Point A is being overweight now and Point B is being 10 pounds lighter. There are many steps to get from Point A to Point B, and you might online pharmacy group them into the following “stages”:
  • Creating a plan to lose weight
  • Making changes in your diet
  • Adding exercise

4. Determine solutions for each stage. Once you have the stages identified you can create solutions for these stages. Be it a home study, 1:1 work or group work, it’s up to you determine (however if you did a thorough job in step 1, you can do what your potential clients most want you to do)

 5. Write your marketing. Now that you have the perfect solutions for your ideal clients, you can use all the information you gathered in step 1 to write your marketing copy.  The best kind of marketing is one that uses your ideal client’s actual words and there is nothing better than having that from first hand interviews! Use common phrases, words, etc. to express how your solution will benefit them. Whether in print or in a 1:1 conversation, those words and phrases are your marketing gold.
So there you have it, 5 steps to creating the solutions your customers will buy!

Leave me a comment below

and let me know which of these steps you’re going to focus on to get your customers to buy.


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Empowering Yourself Through Inner Peace Techniques

By | Empowered Women | 12 Comments

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as homes across the country are filled with delicious food and families come together to give thanks. It’s the beginning of a truly magical time of year; but, it can also be the beginning of a season marked with stress, anxiety and frustration.

Every year we say it’s going to be different… We’re going to move slower, more mindfully, filled with kindness and appreciation rather than frustration.

Yet, it’s hard to remain grounded in a world that’s always shifting – a world of long lines, traffic jams, never-ending to do lists, and obligation after obligation.

You don’t have to lose yourself though, and you don’t have to fear the holiday months. By empowering yourself with a few simple techniques you can strengthen your inner peace and actually enjoy the holiday season.

Scenario 1: You’re stuck in line that seems to never end and your blood pressure is rising.

Inner-peace Technique: Ground yourself in love.

Close your eyes, bring your right hand over your heart, take a deep breath, and remind yourself why you’re there in line. Are you shopping for loved ones? Preparing for a party? As you continue to breathe think of the joy that the gift will bring to your friend, or the fun you’ll have at the party. Imagine your heart and the love inside radiating through your body. Then before you open your eyes, send out loving thoughts to all of those around you. Remember, they’re all in the same boat.

Scenario 2: You’re to do list is a mile long and you beginning to feel extremely overwhelmed.

Inner-peace Technique: Refresh your energy.

Move into all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders, your knees under your hips, and your feet out behind you. As you inhale, gently arch your spine and move your gaze up to the sky. Imagine sunlight streaming upon your face and entering every pore of your body. As you exhale, round your back and drop your head, pulling your belly button up and towards your spine. Imagine soaking up all of that energy and letting it seep into your body. Repeat for ten or so breaths and feel the new energy move throughout you.

Scenario 3: Everyone seems to want or need something. Your calendar is booked and you’re exhausted from rushing from one place to the next.

Inner-peace Technique: Literally slow down.

It might seem like the world is going to end if you don’t make it to your meeting on time – and I’m not saying you should always be late – but sometimes the best thing you can do is literally slow down. As you find yourself practically jogging from one thing to the next, try moving slower – when you walk down the hall, shake out your shoulders, loosen your hands, wiggle around a little. Each step you take, take with care, with awareness. Slowing down your body allows your mind time to transition and adjust to new surroundings, new situations.

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These are just a few ways to ground yourself and find inner peace even when the world around you seems to be spinning out of control. And don’t forget to schedule a little self-care time – it’s the best way to stay healthy throughout the holidays.

If you have other techniques that help you deal with the stress of the holiday season please share in the comment section below, we’d love to hear them!

And I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving.

By: Erin Madore

Erin Madore is known for her radiant energy, bright smile and willingness to get real. After moving past her own barriers to happiness she knew that she could help other women though the same mindful yet bold approach she used to create a joyful, engaging life.  

As a writer, life coach and wellness warrior Erin is dedicated to empowering and inspiring women through her writing, e-books, workshops and one-on-one sessions. Dedicated to helping people find clarity, direction and confidence Erin loves connecting with people on their journey to blissful well-being and happiness. She lives by the Helen Keller’s quote, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” and encourages all of us to embrace all of life, every day.

Connect with her at Creative Soul in, through Twitter, and Facebook.

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The Truth About Holiday Weight Loss

By | Women's Health | 5 Comments

Busy Moms Stay Fit Over the Holidays Tips

Thanksgiving marks the start of a 6 week event where we are bombarded with strategies on what’s best for holiday weight loss.

Did you know many of these tips are generic and flat out useless, especially if your goal is fat loss? It is amazing how just about every article posted tells you that you simply need to

Burn More Calories

but then leads you to believe this is easily accomplished by engaging in some form of cardio:

~ cooking
~ cleaning
~ decorating
~ shopping
~ walking


“Activity is not Achievement”

There are a few reasons why this will not lead to successful holiday fat loss results.

1. You are essentially being punished.

You are told that if you eat excess calories, it’s going to cost you and you will have to make up for the “damage done”. Aren’t the holidays meant to be enjoyed and spent with a bit of joy and cheer – not wasted on such a negative mindset based on fear and punishment.

Wouldn’t it be nice to actually enjoy all your holiday favorites without this type of guilt hanging over you?


2. How much time do you have?

If simply “moving more” is THE solution, are you ready to make the time to add in the extra activity?

For example:
Eat a piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Costs you 450 calories.

The Misleading Solution
Brisk Walking, burn 3-5.7 calories per minute.


Do you really have an extra 80 to 150 minutes just to burn this one indulgence off?

This approach requires that you consider how will you ADD IN all the extra cardio you have to do for all the other treats, dishes and homemade dinners you indulge in this holiday season.


3. Do you want to Maintain or Achieve?

“So go ahead and indulge, just plan on some extra time on the treadmill, and you will be back to your pre-holiday weight.”

This is a quote that is floating around out there! Yes, there is a difference between maintaining your weight over the holidays VS. not going overboard, gaining weight only to end up working your butt off to get back to where you started – if that.


4. “The best way to burn that holiday fat is on a treadmill” – NOT!

A what THEY say Quote …

“Treadmills are one of the most efficient means of burning calories. That is due to the fact you exercise one of your bodies largest muscle groups, your leg muscles.”

Once again another piece of misleading information. Traditional cardio is not the solution to fat loss. It does nothing to increase your lean muscle – and muscle is your metabolism. The more lean muscle you have – the more fat and calories you burn 24-7!

It is amazing that the basic principles of Fat Loss are abandoned during the holidays.

Most people are obsessed with how many calories are burned during a workout, but one of the keys to losing fat is making sure your body continues to burn lots of calories 24 to 48 hours after the workout by boosting your metabolism!


You can easily gain control, boost your metabolism and make your body work for you over the holidays.


Your Holiday Fat Loss Solution lies in moderation and Short Burst Strength Training!

High intensity, strength based exercise burns off significantly more body fat than traditional, steady-state endurance exercise. You work your entire body in a very short period of time. You will boost your metabolism, feel energized, beat holiday stress and look great, all from a mere 15 minutes of your day.

Add this lower body super set to your holiday workout plan to burn more fat in less time, boost your metabolism and help you “tighten” your lower body trouble areas!

Bonus- you also burn more belly fat!!!

NOTE: These moves are QUICK and Intense!
Be prepared to work and get ready to LOVE the fact that your workouts are done in a flash! As always, consult with your Dr before beginning a new workout or exercise routine.

A1: Jumping Lunges

Fit Yummy Mummy jumping lunge

Also know as Split Squat Jump – I love this move!
Perform 6-8 times alternating legs between jumps

Lunges in general really help me to reshape my butt and thighs. This is a more challenging move that’s not only going to help “tighten” your butt and thighs…. this move will also pump up your heart rate to help you burn even more fat and calories!

Not ready to jump? Modify by simply performing Reverse Lunges

A2: Front Squats

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Perform 6-8 Using a Weight that is Challenging

Forget the dinky hand weights! Based on your fitness level you will want to choose a weight that makes the completion of 6-8 reps feel challenging. I suggest starting with two 10-15 lb weights and work your way up from there. The way you get the most out of this move – is to slowly lower into the bottom of the squat. Once at the bottom, squeeze your butt and thighs to quickly return to start.

How To Use

Perform these 2 moves back to back as a super set with little to no rest between moves. You can add this super set to your current fat loss plan or use it alone if time is short. Be sure to double your results by cutting out processed foods and sugar!

Your super set will look like this:



Go into super set B and wrap up with super set C

Short Burst Super sets allow you to get maximum results in minimum time – they boost your metabolism, allow you to increase intensity so you stay challenged, are FAST and FUN!

Super sets are the secret ingredient to all the Fit Yummy Mummy short burst strength training workouts.


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Death Of A Loved One

By | Claiming Your Story, Empowered Women | 11 Comments

At some point in our lives we all experience some type of loss.

I recently have shared the story about the death of my daughter and since then have had a lot of questions asking how did I move past the grief and loss.


During part of a recent conversation, a woman was struggling with the grief and loss of a loved one she said, “I have spent the whole day crying.”


In this video I share why that’s a good thing and is critical to be able to transition from the grief and loss to a place where you once again can find peace and joy.





For me claiming my story and journaling was so essential to transition from where I was to a place of peace, joy and purpose.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the Journal Of Discovery, to inquire and reveal your journey put in your name and email at the top of this page and we will send it to your email inbox today.


To Your Life Without Limits,


Elena & Jean


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