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One Simple Question

I recently had my first major breakdown since I decided to embark on the journey of being an entrepreneur. I didn’t think it would be easy to strike out on my own, but I never thought it would be so stressful. Here’s how it unrolled.  I started to realize that I was annoyed at everything. At the barista who was taking her sweet time to give me my latte to start another day. At the person driving at turtle speed in…

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Take Your Time

College has made me forget that it’s okay to be yourself. My first year of college took my already existing struggles and blew them up ten fold. College has the ability to dangle my shy confidence and my dreams, right in front of my face. Every. Damn. Day. College has made me feel like my dreams are silly and are not worth pursuing. I’ve always been the one to compare myself to others and weigh my own accomplishments against my…

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Lynn Spiro

Who are you sister? Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Lynn Spiro, I am the owner/founder of the website Better Ask Your Mom, and mother of the most wonderful 6 month old baby girl. Pre-baby I was working in Chicago as a child life specialist. I currently live in pure Michigan with my husband, daughter, 2 cats and 2 dogs. My super power is the ability to speak to children in a way that they can understand,…

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Merica Kahn

Who are you, girl? Give us the basics. Name: Merica Kahn Location: Jersey City Who do you live with? My boyfriend What do you do for money in the real world? I work in fashion production on a design team in New York City. What are your super powers? Animal enthusiast, fashion connoisseur, and organized self-motivating workaholic OK, we want more. Rapid fire style! Morning Drink: Green tea with honey Indulgence: Ice cream and anything cheese related Lusting After: Travel blogs Spirit Animal: Monkey Head Space:…

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Jessie Harrold

Who are you, sister?  Tell us a little about yourself. Hi!  I’m Jessie Harrold, and I hail from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a small city nestled on the Atlantic Coast of Canada.  I live with my husband and my two a-mazing (-ly crazy) kids, Ada and Max, and our dog Roxy. I am a coach, doula, adventurer, and writer.  My superpower, and my life’s work, is to support women who are going through transformative experiences – whether they are birthing a baby,…

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Kelly Botham

Who are you, sister? Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Kelly Botham also known as Kelbo, Kelly Bo Belly, Bo Bells and my favorite name, Mama. I am 36 years-old, youngest of 5 kids and was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada with a few years in Germany when I was very small. (My Dad was in the Air Force.) Then I moved to Seattle for college and stayed until I met my British husband. Since…

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Erin McBride

Who are you sister? Tell us a little about yourself. Hello Stratejoy tribe sisters! My name is Erin and I am a Nashville transplant living in Jacksonville, Florida with my husband and two babies (who are dogs, ahem). As a tree hugging nature and wildlife lover, I adore North Florida for its mild winters and summers made for water sports, not to mention its unique natural beauty even if it is a far cry from the verdant hills I grew…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Pixie Lighthorse

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Pixie Lighthorse, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! My word or theme for the year was EFFICIENCY! Which was so much about me creating a feasible work life balance after too many years of letting my work rule my world. It was the perfect word to keep me on track…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Sarah Kathleen Peck

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Sarah Kathleen Peck, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! My word or theme for the year was EXPAND. I wanted to expand physically, as I was growing bigger and bigger by having a baby. I also didn’t mind adding a few extra pounds along the way — I added twenty…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Ev’Yan Whitney

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Ev’Yan Whitney, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! My word or theme for the year was queen. In this year, I have honored all of my creative, sexual, and sensual desires. I’ve honored my individuality and my autonomy. I’ve given myself permission to seek, play, make, and bloom in ways I’ve…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Katelyn Bourgoin

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Katelyn Bourgoin, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! My word or theme for the year was build trust. In this year, I am most grateful for my incredibly supportive and loving husband. Because of this year, I now believe mindset is everything — it can lift you up or drag you…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Jenny Fenig

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Jenny Fenig, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! In this year, I have honored my hard work + impact by applying for an award I had been eyeing for years: a Stevie Award for Women in Business. And I’m so pumped to have been named a Finalist for Coach of the…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Shelley Davidescu

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Shelley Davidescu, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! In this year, I have honored myself more than ever. Because of this year, I now believe anything is possible. To reflect on my year, I will celebrate my gratitude for life at the beach. My favorite end-of-year tradition is to reflect on…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Emily Thompson

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Emily Thompson of Indie Shopography and the Being Boss podcast, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th!   My word or theme for the year was JOY. I focused on only taking on projects that would bring me joy. It helped me say ‘no’ to projects that weren’t the right fit, and…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Michelle Ward

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Michelle Ward, the When I Grow Up Coach, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for a free “Finish Strong” class on Monday, November 21st! My word or theme for the year was acceptance. (It’s changed my life.) In this year, I am most grateful for my health. (Because I learned the hard way that everything else is bullshit.) Because…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Kathleen Shannon

Kathleen Shannon Being Boss Braid Creative Holiday Council Featurette

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Kathleen Shannon, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! My word or theme for the year was GROWTH. I’m a student of life and am always committed to personal growth – but this year I was especially interested in growing my business and expanding my vision for what could be. In this…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Melody Biringer

Melody Biringer Holiday Council

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Melody Biringer, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! In this year, I have honored currency, the quality of being current and vogue, being widely accepted and circulated from person to person. Circulation, as of coin and relationship currency. In this year, I am most grateful for that my husband survived a near-death experience…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Esme Wang & Lauren Layne

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Esme Wang and Lauren Layne, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by their musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for a free “Finish Strong” class on November 21st! From Esmé Wang — My word or theme for the year was ALIVE. In this year, I have honored my own strength and bravery. In this year, I am most grateful for every single moment of joy I experienced….

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Holiday Council Featurette: Kate Swoboda

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Kate Swoboda a.k.a. Kate Courageous, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for a free “Finish Strong” class on November 21st! Because of this year, I now believe that boundaries are a kindness. That instead of being the mean rules that you throw down to for protection, they are the container for the magic between humans, as well as the…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Susannah Conway

Susannah Conway Holiday Council Featurette

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Susannah Conway, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for a free “Finish Strong” class on November 21st! My word or theme for the year was LOVE. At the end of last year it was very clear to me that LOVE was going to be my word, but it turns out it wasn’t for the reasons I’d thought (hoped) it…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole Holiday Council Featurette

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Rachel Cole, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! In this year, I have honored my hunger for creativity. I have a deep delight that comes with sewing and this year I’ve honored it, listened to it, and fed it by making physical space and time to play with fabric, patterns, and…

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Holiday Council Featurette: Diana Filo & Eran Sudds

Enjoy straight-from-the-heart reflections on 2016 from inspirational women, like Stratejoy Tribe Sisters and 2015 Holiday Council interviewees Diana Filo and Eran Sudds, in our Holiday Council Featurettes. Inspired by her musings? Need to recommit to your own dreams and plans? Join the Stratejoy Tribe for the Holiday Council, starting on November 28th! Diana Filo opened a KIPP Charter School in West Philly. She’s a yogi and was secretly voted Miss Congeniality at Summer Camp 2015. My word or theme for the year was delight….

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The Truths That Only Family Can Tell

I spent two and a half weeks with my family nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado while my dad was dying. I rarely spend more than a weekend with my family. I love them and we often have a good time together but my visits are short.

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Joy Despite the Obstacles, Road Trip Dreams and the Single Best Thing That Ever Happened

Who are you, sister? Tell us a little about yourself. I’m Stephanie Shar and I’m a small business owner and entrepreneur. People are my passion. I believe that my purpose in life is to encourage and empower other women to follow their dreams. My mission is to make the world a more positive place by helping women serve boldly, live loudly, and love themselves. I recently moved back to the tiny Michigan farm town I was raised in after living…

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Not Perfect, Still Amazing

The fact is, no one is perfect – but we’re all amazing in our own ways. We just need to be willing to see both sides in ourselves and other people.

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From Dee’s Desk: Observations on Courage

In my challenge to find ways to be courageous this month, I realized that I had to reframe it or else I would spiral into the hole of shame that tells me I’m lame, lazy, boring and never going to have excitement in my life. That without taking big risks, I’m not a brave person. That unless I face fear head on, like a badass, with conviction, that I’m not a bold, courageous person.

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A Flower-Loving Funny Girl On Her Favorite Journey with a Full Heart

If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. Life is too short to spend your time doing things that don’t fuel your fire.

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A Dedicated Teacher Embracing Messiness, Kindness and Creativity

Success is finding joy along the way. Success isn’t always a destination, sometimes it’s the lessons and people you meet along the way.

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A Stratejoy Boss Lady Savoring Mountain Views and Lit Up By Loud Laughter

I’m Lauren Caselli, aka Mama M, the organizer and behind-the-scenes lady-with-a-clipboard for Stratejoy Summer Camp. I’m an event planner, marketer, strategist, sponsor guru, and all out event-lover.

I live in Bozeman, MT and work with clients all over the world. I rarely stay put, but when I do, I like to hike, bike around town, camp, and eat my weight in fancy Japanese ramen.

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Self Care vs. Self Comfort: Which Do You Really Need?

If you’ve been sliding into the land of distraction, numbness, excessive soothing at the expense of your values, there’s no point in beating yourself up.

Practice some self compassion and let today be the “reset” button. If the comfort has been gaining crazy momentum, make a different choice now. Today. Tonight.

I know you can do it.

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An Artist Spreading Joy, Unleashing Her Inner Child, and Searching for IPA Perfection

I think by showing up and being who I am 100% of the time that it will help other people to do the same. I believe that if we can take off our masks and be vulnerable and real and share our authentic selves fully that the world would be a better place.

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Breaking Down Failure and Building Up Grace

I’m learning how to let the past be the past while recognizing that it has shaped how I exist in the present. Having grace for the me I used to be. Forgiving myself for not knowing the things that I didn’t know when I didn’t know them.

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Digging the Way Out, Learning Joy and Finding the Inner Superhero

I’ve started to realize that I’m an artist and a musician and that’s the kind of art that I make – the kind of art that pulls you open, or pulls you near, or brings you back to life with breath. Life pulls life and in order to find what I want, I’ve got to give everything I am.

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My Escape From Low Security Prison

I began the search by asking a simple question: What is security? Security is knowing that, no matter what, I am okay, I am loved, I am enough.

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Compliments, Turn Ons and Stolen Kisses, In That Order

I love my childlike, playful nature – I am still so in awe of the beauty of the world, of the people who live in it and of their stories. My heart is full of compassion for others and I always look for ways to help. I have a passion for life and want to learn everything about everything and I can always find the humor in it all.

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The Truth About Anxiety and the Lie It Tells

There are times when my worries are minor and probably like what most people have: that ticker tape running in the bottom of your head reminding you what not to forget at the grocery store; the voice that stresses over money and work frustrations.

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A Queen Reveals Her Magical Success Formula and a Mission to Change This World

I feel successful on a daily basis when I show up fully, keep my promises to myself and others, and try my hardest. I’m honestly happy with my life as it is and lit up by the future I’m working towards, and that feels very much like success to me.

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A Proud Introvert on Wanderlust and Defining Success

I love my independence and my positive outlook on life. My independence is paramount to me…I have this deep need to be able to take care of myself. I even have my own set of power tools and I know how to use them! I know that no matter what life throws at me I can handle it and I love that about myself.

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Increasing Your Daily Pleasure

I chose Pleasure as my guiding word for the year because I was craving something that felt the opposite of hustle. The opposite of focus and drive and the pressure of shoulding myself to achieve more, more, more. As someone who doesn’t shy away from hard work, big ambition and buckling down to “get shit done” — pleasure felt a very soft and scary word to declare. I was nervous to share with the world that I wanted to explore ways…

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Joy as Success, Believing Her Own Big Magic and a Sexy Compliment

In my personal heaven, I wake up every morning, in my comfy bed with a smile and look forward to getting out of bed and doing my job; which has become a complete focus on my artwork. I live with the man I love in our home that we own with our cat. I have my own art studio in the beautiful backyard that I work in every day creating my jewelry and other things. I create my own hours and am able to schedule time for wonderful vacations and gatherings with friends and family. Each day I am grateful for what I have.

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The Heart Wants What it Wants

I am reconnected to the truth that I don’t need anyone else to validate my dream. Just because it’s not possible for someone else doesn’t mean it’s not possible for me.

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Why Camp? Freedom to Be Silly, and Granting Our Own Wishes

It’s time for me to get away. From the hectic and busy life that leaves me feeling like I hardly have time to breathe. From the day-to-day responsibilities of being a mother, wife and employee. To have a chance to get in touch with myself,for once in my life, away from family and distractions. And for the morning sessions. The quiet reflecting time. The morning runs. The high-ropes course. Diving into the lake. Happy hour, campfires and the freedom to be…

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A Heart So Full, Mind-Blowing Advice and a Perfect Love Story

Success for me is measured in memories and relationships rather than things. I’m not a “things” person so I love my people, my tribe, and I love them hard. They are what matters. They are my success, so success is having a rock solid group of friends and family that we can call our tribe. And success to me is having someone to share my life with, a partner to support and be supported by.

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Why Camp? The Little Voice Inside, Finding Our Own Joy and the Heart of a Willow Tree

Even though it took me until the last minute to pull the trigger, and despite the bits that make me anxious, I am coming to camp because I need it. For myself. For my heart.

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A More Compassionate World

This is what I really want for you to know: you do not need to sacrifice yourself in order to make a difference. You can live a life that’s infused with joy, gratitude, community, and play. This does not make you less worthy.

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Expansive Reality, Overflowing Creativity and a Hot Poetry Obsession

I feel that I would be a different person entirely today if I had spent nearly half as much time loving myself for who I have always been instead of hating myself for it.

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Practicing Joy in a Messy World

While happiness is dependent on external circumstances (and thus wildly out of our control in many ways), joy is a way of deliberately engaging with life.

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Wide Open Heart Space, Savoring the View and What We Wish We’d Said

Success to me isn’t something that can be measured in dollars, quantity or material possessions. Success is a feeling. It’s getting to a point in your life where you’re living for you, with your heart as your guide. Being able to follow your passions and do the things that make you happy. Living TRUE to yourself.

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One Woman’s Search for Meaning

I clearly remember the day, walking home after middle school. I was rounding the rock that marked “smoker’s corner” where all the “bad kids” would gather and show their rebellion by smoking cigarettes. I was alone though, no one else was nearby when I had the strangest thought. It was a good day. I was happy.

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An Empathetic Introvert Beautifully Combining Self-Love and Self-Improvement

I have learned (and am still learning) that sometimes the very things that you believe to be the “worst” parts of you are those facets that become what you love most. I have always been a sensitive dreamer. I would be affected by situations and lash out in negative ways and then beat myself for ‘Feeling’. I now know that all of this means that I am an empath who feels very deeply. So deeply, in fact, that it often equates to physical pain. And you know what? I LOVE THIS ABOUT MYSELF.

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The Choice Nobody is Talking About

I’ve spent many a sleepless night wondering if I’m defective. Wondering if I’m a selfish, miserable shrew. I feel like I know pure joy, pure love, but everyone keeps informing me that I’ll never know because I’m not a mom.

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Permission to Take Ownership, Opening a B&B and Embracing the Mess

I never realized how much I was longing to take ownership of my life and how long I was waiting for permission to do so! It’s scary to assume responsibility for my career, my desires, my mistakes, my marriage, my body, and my decisions. But it’s a lot less stressful than being on the fence about every little thing. So I’m trying this new thing where, if my presence is required, I go all in. I’m still not a big fan of risk. But I’m not a big fan of stunting my own growth and maturity, either.

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