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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An Original Stratejoy Junkie, Beagle Puppies in Heaven and Not Knowing What’s Next

I found Stratejoy during a time of transition back in 2008 or so. I did the original, original Joy Equation course and when Molly was planning a fantastic and open-ended road trip around America, she and I worked together to host a workshop in Portland, Maine, where I was living. When she and Ken rolled up to my house in their Stratejoy-branded camper, well, it was a lovefest all around. We had a fab weekend making soup and doing yoga and I loved showing off Maine to a couple of newcomers. While I live halfway around the world now, I’m a tribe sister at heart spread Stratejoy’s message on this side of the pond!

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Embodying the Wild Wanderer and the Safety of Home

I worried I was one of those people who always wanted what she didn’t have and that I would constantly be chasing something other than what I had in front of me.

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Goal Hangovers, The Three-Way Balance and Librarian Fantasies

One day I was sitting in my fancy corporate cubicle about to cry and googled “Life Coach Seattle.” Guess who popped up – Miss Molly Mahar of course! That was 2012, when I took one of Molly’s courses which led me into the personal development/online business world. Fast forward to today, I quit the corporate gig and do the work I love that fits into my ideal lifestyle. It gives me the opportunity to help people and gives me the flexibility that I craved for my life.

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Two Truths Butting Heads and Finally, A Choice

For the last few years, every time I’ve gotten on a plane to fly away from my family, my heart aches. I am almost 30 years old, but I still find myself tearing up while I wait in the security line to fly back to California after Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Fourth of July weekend, knowing it will be months before the whole Brown clan is back together again and longing for just a few more days of drinking wine, playing cards, and watching TV with my favorite people. The truth is, I really love my family and desperately want to live closer to them.

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A Lit Up Life List, Rediscovering Crafting and Never Following the Recipe

So I have a note in Evernote called “life list” that I haven’t updated since 2011. Wow is it cool to look back at that. Some things are old hat now. Have a baby? Been there, done that. Three things that are still sparking as awesome must dos are: Own a home, develop a taste for wine and see the Northern Lights.

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Becoming Meredith Grey, Romantic Running and Finding a Sanity Anchor

Who are you, sister? Tell us a little about yourself. Hola! Im Sonia. I’m from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. I’m a pediatrician with 90 percent of my work in a private practice and the other 10 percent in the Pediatrics ER.  I’m a daughter whose dad is my guardian angel and my tree of life. My mom is my “person” and I am her little butterfly.   I am friend whose tribe is my support system both offline and online….

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Pie-Making Superpowers, Admirable Women and Learning to Take No Bullshit

Who are you, sister? Tell us a little about yourself. Hi! I’m Leslie from Toronto, Ontario where I live with my other half of 16 years, Niall, in an awesome high-rise apartment with views of Riverdale Park, the CN Tower and Lake Ontario. In the real world I’m a professional organizer and owner of my revived company called Your Fairy Godmover, which is a full service professional organizing, move coordinating and positive change facilitation company. So, as well as literally packing…

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A Veteran’s Thoughts on Impermanence, Reflection and Weenie Dogs

Practicing joy is a skill, a mindset, and a way of looking at the world that keeps me from getting lost in the hurt, fear, and ugliness that are so often shoved in my face in today’s media culture. It’s the anchor to not giving up.

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The Parallel Journey of Obstacle and Renewal

I wasn’t able to respond, so I just sat there and let myself cry. I was embarrassed to be this emotional. I was relieved that he understood.

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Thinking About The Food, Relocating To France and Rocking Dreads

Who are you, sister? Tell us a little about yourself. I’m Gaia and I currently live in Copenhagen, Denmark with my two roomies. I’m an actor – I think I was born that way. I’ve always been an entertainer and a storyteller. Hell, my mom always says that when she would put baby Gaia down for a nap, I would spend a lot of time making noises, as if I was in a hurry to learn how to speak, so I could…

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How To Take Control of Your Heart’s Calling

If your heart is set on making a living from your work, you owe it to yourself to discover what you’re most passionate about, and design your day-to-day experience to get as much of that as possible.

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Oprah, Gravestones and Progress Over Perfection

Oprah has said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” I believe practicing joy happens every single day by being grateful for what you have. When I express gratitude for a beautiful snowy day, a student who has had a huge success, or for little things like fuzzy blankets – I find myself in such a better mental headspace. I find myself in the spirit of joy. I also find joy by surrounding myself with those who life me higher. Practicing joy is an ever-evolving practice centered in celebrating what I already have.

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