Podcast Episode 012: Be Free with Siobhan Sudberry

Hey Glowers!

In this episode, Life Coach and Blogger of the BeFree Project, Siobhan Sudberry talks to us about how getting laid off from work led her to pursue her dreams of running a successful coaching business and becoming a full-time blogger. She credits having helped so many women through coaching before she was laid off as the deciding factor to pursue it full-time, and how operating in her purpose even before she turned it into a business gave her perspective of what her gifts were … and that she needed to assist women in discovering their gifts as well.

 

Besides 1-on-1 coaching, Siobhan expands her platform to women by hosting her quarterly BeFree Life Classes, which are events where entrepreneurial women meet up to mastermind and learn and share life and business hacks. To purchase tickets to her next event, click here. She also shares coaching tips on her BeFree TV channel and through her blog. And she just recently launched her BeFree Life Workbook which helps women who feel stuck, unfulfilled and unmotivated jumpstart their journey to being free with affirmations, reflective questions and life coaching tips.

Listen to how Siobhan manages a business, a family, relationships with clients and her upcoming projects she’s working on.

To contact Siobhan, book her for coaching or to attend her events, click here or email her at Siobhan@BeFreeProject.com.

And to contact me, email me at Natasha@GoandGlowProject.com to schedule a marketing and branding consultation. And if you’re looking to expand your business with an at-home self-study learning kit, check out The Go and Glow Academy where I’ve launched an audio course + workbook companion that has marketing, branding, implementation and personal development strategies. And subscribe to my blog and newsletter at www.GoandGlowProject.com to get updates on events for The Go and Glow Project, to hear other inspiring women’s interviews like Siobhan’s, and to get information on the projects I’m launching.

Until the next episode,

GO AND GLOW!

XO,

Natasha Cole

Chief Glow-Getter

#GoandGlowPowerHour Teleclass Live on Monday Nights at 8pm Est!

Power Hour FlyerHey, Glowers!

I would love for you to join me tonight and every Monday for a free live event. I’ll be teaching a teleclass on Internet Marketing, Branding, and Implementation Strategies for your business, brand and blog! And of course I’m going to throw in some fun personal development hacks as a bonus!

If you’re looking to take your business to the next level, or if you’re wondering what kind of business or brand you should start, you’ll love this class. With my experience as a branding consultant and my implementation project management background, I’d love to share some tips to help you Go and Glow!

The world is waiting on you to give your gift away. Why not learn how to do that? For free!

Every week, you can look forward to my #GOANDGLOWPOWERHOUR being interactive, introspective and fun! We’ll have some fun prizes, activities, homework and some social media interaction, so don’t forget to add me on Instagram at NatashaCole_ and Twitter at _NatashaCole. And hashtag #GOANDGLOWPOWERHOUR. Let’s all connect and play together! We’re also on Facebook at Facebook.com/GoandGlowProject.

PRINT OUT MY WORKSHEETS or grab a notebook or open your Evernote and get ready to learn some ways to impact and lead with your powerful message and powerful marketing.

Leave a comment below or email me (GoandGlowProject@gmail.com) for the worksheets!! 

Don’t forget to text a friend and invite her! Call in at (530) 881-1212. The code is 433-149-486.

I can’t wait to meet you tonight in class!

xo, Natasha Cole

I Need You

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I need you

Hi, Glowers!

There are times in our lives when we will need to enlist other people to help us through our journeys. Most of us have plans to inspire and lead and grow ourselves and our brands, and we simply cannot do that alone. We may think that we appear to be small or weak to others when we ask for help, but in actuality, we empower other people when we allow them to assist us in bringing our dreams to life.

Think about how proud your mom and aunts are to call you their daughter/son or niece/nephew when you accomplish something big in your life. Now, imagine how it must feel if they were a major contribution to your success. Imagine how proud they must feel if they drove you to your piano lessons as a kid – and now you’ve put out an album on iTunes. Imagine if they lent you money to start your first t-shirt line – and now they can buy your t-shirts out of the local Target. Imagine if they helped you paint and put in new floors of your first brick and mortar business – and now you’ve got franchises all over the city!

Your family and friends can celebrate and bask in the accomplishments with you! They have a proud feeling of accomplishment that they can share with you. They have invested in you and they believed in you. And sometimes you aren’t able to repay them in monetary ways or with time equivalency, and that’s ok. The result of you being a successful product of your family and friend’s gracious and generous contributions is a currency greater than money and time.

If you’ve ever read Napoleon Hill’s book, ‘Think and Grow Rich‘, you know that you need a Mastermind, or a team of people to contribute to your success. You need a team of people to meet with every week to ideate with you. You need these people to leverage knowledge, skill sets and talents that you may not have to advance your ideas. You need minds, creativity, resources and money other than your own.

So, my request is for you to go out and enlist someone to help you with your cause. Choose at least 4 people to build a Mastermind with. Consider these 4 people your Board of Directors. Devise a schedule to meet with all of these people together on the same day every week and create an agenda. Delegate tasks. Hold people accountable. Cultivate an environment of sharing. And most of all, be open to receive the love and support people will want to give you.

It takes a team of people to build something great.

And it takes a really POWERFUL person to say “I need you.”

Until the next blog post, GO AND GLOW!

xo, Natasha

The Necklace

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necklaceHi, Glowers!

Have you ever read the short story, The Necklace, by French writer, Guy de Maupassant? If not, you must! I read this story about 10 years ago and it has impacted the way I think about appreciating what I have and being present and grateful in the moment for what is.

If you’ve found yourself always living in the past and constantly thinking about what you should’ve done with your life, or living in the future and imagining how awesome you’re going to be if you could just do that one thing, one day – then you will relate to The Necklace.

The story is set in Paris. The main character, Mathilde Loisel, is beautiful and charming but has taken to a pessimistic outlook on life, blaming her lackluster social status on being born into a poor family and marrying a man of average means. She’s never happy with what she has. She sits around her home and wishes she had velvet drapes and royal linens and fine China to serve her guests, who she imagines in her head to be rich and famous. She yearns for status and nobility. She complains to her hard-working husband that what he provides for her isn’t enough.

One day her husband comes home excited that they’ve been invited to a gala among the noble and elite and he thinks this will make his wife happy. To his surprise, she is saddened by the notion of not having anything respectable to wear. He offers to use the money he had saved to buy a hunting rifle in exchange to buy her a beautiful dress. He buys her the dress, and yet again – she is not happy. She does not have any jewels to wear. So, he suggests wearing flowers. But of course that isn’t enough for her.

Per his suggestion, she asks her dear and wealthy friend, Madame Forestier, if she can borrow a necklace for the event. Her friend obliges. Mathilde is ecstatic! She has the complete wardrobe fitting for a woman of status. She and her husband attend the party and she dances all night and networks with the most amazing people. For just a short moment she had forgotten about her real life. She had morphed into the woman she was in her fantasies. She was graceful and respected and admired.

The night ended with her husband sleeping in another room while she danced and laughed. When it was time to go he cloaked her in a shabby wrap to keep her warm, but she was embarrased because it was an indicator to others of their poverty. For that reason, she ran outside to quickly jump in a taxi with him.

When they arrived home, she took off the wrap and the beautiful diamond necklace was missing from her neck! She panicked. Her husband went back out and traced all of their footsteps but didn’t find the necklace. For an entire week, they scoured the city looking for it – but to no avail. They knew they had to replace the necklace so they visited jewelers around the city looking for a close match. They found a necklace that was priced at 36,000 francs ($40,000 today). Mathilde returned the replacement necklace to her friend hoping she wouldn’t open the jewelry case and notice the change. Madame Forestier was annoyed that she kept it for longer than promised; however, she never opened the case in front of Mathilde.

For 10 years the Loisels worked multiple jobs to pay off the debt from the loans and interest of the necklace. They had to move out of their home into a smaller apartment. Mathilde had to do all of the heavy work around the house since they dismissed the servants. Because of the hardship and manual labor, Mathilde’s extraordinary beauty had faded and she appeared to look old and irrevocably damaged. She was no longer the beautiful and charming woman she had once been.

One day she was walking in the park and she saw her dear friend, Madame Forestier. She had not seen her in 10 years. Mathilde walked up to her to say hello. Her friend was startled by her appearance and didn’t recognize her. Mathilde had to tell her who she was. Her friend was appaulled. She didn’t understand why her beauty had drastically changed and why she was so wretched and old.

Mathilde decided to tell her the truth about the necklace. She decided to confess her dishonesty. She explained that because she had to pay for the replacement necklace her life took a turn for the worst. Mathilde recounts how terrible the last 10 years of her life had been paying back the enormous debt on the expensive diamond necklace.

 

{Spoiler Alert: don’t read below if you plan to read the story for yourself}

It was then that Madame Forestier grabbed her dear friend’s hand and said, “My poor, poor Mathilde. That necklace was a fake. It was only worth 500 francs!” ($555).

The necklace was costume jewelry. It meant nothing to her. In fact, she never opened the case when it was returned because it was worthless.

Ahhh! Can you believe that? The anguish. The hard, manual labor. The life Mathilde once had (which she thought was not good enough) was gone. The power of deception and wanting to appear wealthy became the demise of her life. There are several instances of irony of not appreciating the decent life that she had and the appearance of being wealthy when she was actually wearing a fake diamond necklace. And the fact that her best friend was regarded as a wealthy person, when in fact, she had managed to live a life of deceit with fake jewelry that appeared real.

I think we can all learn a lesson here. We can see how by not appreciating your life and by not being grateful you can manifest the very things you didn’t want in your life.

My request is that you take 5 minutes each day and write down 5 things you’re grateful for. Just make a gratitude journal or notebook and everyday jot down the 5 things you appreciate, including people, experiences, blessings, things and feelings. Acknowledge what you have in that very moment –  for that day –  that gave you some peace.

 

 

 

Taking the Road Less Traveled

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Hi, Glowers!

We’ve all read the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. We understand the irony of a man who has come to a fork-in-the-road and needs to make a decision whether to go down a beaten path or take the road less traveled with unknown certainties.

How does this classic piece of literature apply to our lives now? Simple. Every day we’re faced with decisions that will (in either minor or major ways) affect our lives. Should we stay with our companies that we’ve been working for for the last 5 years or should we take that new job offer that sounds relatively interesting? But the thought of letting go of the familiarity of your coworkers and Jeans Fridays and the holiday parties scares you.

Or how about that boyfriend who you’ve been with for 3 years and who knows your family well and understands your mood swings and favorites of pretty much everything –  to trying someone new who isn’t verbally abusive to you and who has goals he’s trying to accomplish.

What about that opportunity to move to LA to pursue that acting career? I guess you could put it off for one more year to continue working to pay down some student loan debt.

Ahhh! You will NEVER take the road less traveled if you continue to play it safe or be stagnant and unimaginative. God wants you to take risks. He wants you to trust Him. He wants to see how adventurous you can be and in return give Him all the glory for when things DO actually work out! …because they will.

You’ve just got to understand that what you want to happen, you have to create. But you also have to understand that what you want will be something that our eyes cannot see. It’s only something the mind can conceptualize. You dont actually see it until you’ve taken a few steps to get closer to it. Whatever that IT is.

More importantly, God wants you to start trusting yourself more. You can’t and shouldn’t rely on man, but you should get still and be quiet for a while and understand that God is inside of you and you have to listen to hear His voice. And His voice will guide you.

It’s like when a plane is having a little turbulence – everyone gets quiet to listen to the pilot or flight attendant’s instructions or announcement. You have to understand that whatever new decision you’re thinking about making has to absolutely be aligned with God’s purpose and plan for you. And once you verify that – there’s no reason to wait or put a halt to what is destined for you.

The reason that road is LESS TRAVELED is because there are more people who give up on their dreams and the dedication it takes to out-work someone else and sacrifice time. That path is less traveled because most people want to fit in and live in the ordinary and safe cocoon of a fixed schedule of working, coming home to watch tv and then do it all over again the next day.

Most people just enjoy the idea of having a dream and telling people about it but never committing to it or executing it. And almost majority of people LOVE to watch other people go after their dreams so that they can sit back and be the critic and judge how awful they executed their SAME EXACT dream.

My challenge to you is to take that road less traveled. Leave that job for the new one. Break-up with that lazy, uninspired boyfriend and get with the one who has some goals. Move to LA or even out of the country and go implant yourself in a new environment! Go after what you can’t see…because it’s there and it’ll show up eventually. You have to believe in magic. You have to believe in yourself and you have to believe in God.

I hope you have an abundance of love and light in your life.

Until the next blog post, GO AND GLOW!

xo, Natasha

Let the Light In to Let the Light Out

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lightHi, Glowers!

How do you handle being stressed? How does your day occur for you when things aren’t going your way? Do you tend to become loud and unpleasant with people? Do you darken other people’s day when yours isn’t full of light? Have you found yourself having a string of bad things to continue to happen in that day, or maybe even the whole week following one unfavorable circumstance after another?

Well, consider taking in some LIGHT. The more light you take in affords you more light to give out.

What is the “LIGHT” I’m referring to?

The light is the source that ignites your joy.

For some, it’s God or prayer. For others, it’s yoga, meditation, affirmations or chanting.

Light can be positive quotes, books and personal development strategies. Light can come from your Life Coach, therapist, or mentor. Maybe you consume light from your favorite spiritual podcasts or from your pastor’s daily e-newsletters. I know we all get those emails from Joel Osteen that seems to speak to us and cheer us up everyday. Or perhaps your light comes from The Go and Glow Project (shameless plug).

If we consume negative energy, it zaps our vitality, our strength and our health and wellness. It literally makes us look and feel older and sluggish.

In the laws of karma, we emit energy (thoughts, feelings and vibrations) and if we emit negative energy – it will be magnetized right back to us. And, the same goes for positive energy.

So, as a personal rule, we have to be mindful of any toxic people, behavior, activities and environments that contribute negatively to our energy. And if we come in contact with those circumstances we have to combat them by aligning ourselves with people and things that ignite our lights and feed us positive energy.

So, identify your LIGHT source. Identify who or what is your candle, your sun, your fire.

Once you have done that – you’ll know how to get to it when your day is going bad. You’ll have that person or thing on speed dial or at arm’s reach. You’ll make that conscious decision to turn your day around and not dwell in negative and destructive thoughts.

More importantly, you’ll know how to let that light in so that ultimately, YOU can be the LIGHT for someone else.

I wish you love and light in your life today and always.

Until the next blog post, GO AND GLOW!

xo, Natasha

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