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Monday, January 21, 2019

Inspiring Women Interview Series: We Are Superwomen - Kim Somers Egelsee

Happy Monday! I've been wanting to create an interview series for over a year...I finally decided enough was enough...There is no time like the present. I have so many ideas and ways to go about this series...From the questions, the platforms, the promotion, etc...but a few weeks ago, I realized what is most important is that I just start sharing and the rest will fall into place.

This interview series will feature a diverse group of women: from life coaches to authors to humanitarians to every day people. Each of us has a story and something inspiring to share.

Today's interview is with Kim Somers Egelsee!

Kim is a business and life coach, confidence expert, award winning TEDx speaker and a best selling author of two books and Co-author of twelve!!

Quick Questions/Fast Facts:

Three Words that best describe you?

Enthusiastic, Confident, Intuitive

Favorite accessory

Butterfly necklace

Early bird or night owl?

Mix of both

Current favorite TV show/book

America's Got Talent 
The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn

Next place you’re traveling to

Next, I will be traveling to Cambria, CA for a week! One of my favorite spots!

Song you can't get out of your head?

You Make My Sunshine by Prince

How did you get into your current field?

I first saw Jim Rohn (an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker) in 1992, and after that I was intrigued by personal and success development. I had various careers as an actor, model, TV host and even worked for 11 years in the field of special education with a focus on behaviors. I started doing life coaching and intuitive readings in early 2003 on the side. With a degree in speech communication, and credentials in educational psychology, I started adding in more certifications like NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming), hypnotherapy and life coaching, and decided to full force become a coach, speaker and author in early 2010. Since then I have been business and life coaching, doing intuitive readings, speaking, leading masterminds and writing books, and have a life coach certification program. I love helping people step into their confidence, self-love and power.

How do you begin each day? Do you have a routine?

I drink fresh blended celery juice, clean up a bit, have a coffee and read inspiring posts and quotes and answer emails.

When things get stressful or overwhelming how do you ground yourself?

Literally grounding meditation and deep breathing, yoga, green tea and nature.

Is there something you feel we are lacking as a society, that we could use more of?

Peace and love

What does being "healthy" mean to you?

Confidence, inner and outer beauty, self care, exercise and eating balanced and healthy.

What or who are your sources of inspiration?
My family, God, Music, Prince, Florence Scovel Shinn, Oprah, Dr. Wayne Dyer

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Uplifting people's lives and helping them step into their power. 

What challenges have you faced in your life, to reach the point you are at today? How have you overcome them?

When I was younger, I experienced some bullying and I had to learn how to be confident. Later, in my very early twenties, I was in a very bad relationship and had to get brave, strong and courageous and get out of it.

What is your idea of self - care?

Yoga, massage, beach walks, mani/pedi, traveling, wine, eating out, concerts, getting facials, reading

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Work on yourself harder than you do on your job” - Jim Rohn

If you were to offer advice to someone who knows they're meant for something greater, but is holding back due to fear, what would you say to them?

Have a strong why, get feedback from others, vision and visualize strong outcomes

I know you had the opportunity to give a TedXYouth talk and I wanted to share that with my readers.

It was an honor to do the talk geared to Tedx Youth, talking about living in your full positive power, and how you too can learn to do so.

Here's an excerpt about Kim's talk:

As we go on living our everyday lives, we may not always feel at our best. In fact, a lot of times, we are weary and so caught up on our tasks and duties that we don't feel as though we can conquer anything. In this empowering talk, best-selling author and motivational speaker Kim Somers Egelsee shares her story on how her positive power, this vibrant energy, was taken away from her growing up and how she came to the realization that the only person that can take it away is herself. Slowly regaining it, Kim shares with us how she lives her life to a 10+ everyday and how we can also enjoy living our lives to the fullest. "Clams, turtles, and snails have shells, humans do not, take yours off and have the nerve to be yourself, and live in your full positive power." -Kim Somers Egelsee

Any exciting projects coming up?

This year I will be working closely with Susie Augustin on a huge book project with workshops, web series and book launch, all related to our Speaking and Writing to Wow brand for confident, successful entrepreneurs. I will also be doing an all day retreat.

Where can my readers connect with you?


Bonus questions: 

If you could spend a day with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Prince - He is one of my biggest inspirations.

What is your superpower?

I am highly intuitive

Thank you Kim, for allowing me to interview you!!
Here is a picture of us from 2017, in Hermosa Beach! We definitely need to take a new picture, in better lighting! lol :P

If you or someone you know would be a great person for me to interview, let me know in the comments, or send me a message!

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Monday, December 31, 2018

End of 2018 Thoughts....

Happy December 31st! The official last day of 2018! A few days ago, I sat at the computer and felt compelled to just write whatever came to mind. Here's the result....

The past year, I've acknowledged my growth.  I've devoted considerable time to self-care and self-love. As I reflect upon my year, I am becoming emotional, realizing  how far my journey has taken me.. My motto for 2017 was, "I am enough!" I haven't just come to believe it, I've embodied it! I wouldn't say I suffered from low self-esteem, but I'm definitely more confident in the person I am today. One reason for that, is I am allowing myself to love me, as I am... whether I am happy and content or sad and feeling broken. Wherever I am, is okay...I don't need to have all the answers; I don't have to be fearful of making mistakes. I let life flow. I am guided by G-d's spirit; I will be where I am intended to be.

Most of my life, I felt pressured to be perfect. I knew I wasn't; still to me, it seemed everyone else expected that of me. I felt that I was placed on a pedestal. I was also chastised for being "too good" and that in turn made others “feel badly about themselves.” Being extremely sensitive, this would upset me. I couldn't change who I was.
Excerpt from Light is the New Black By Rebecca Campbell

What was I to do? I've always felt different. I don’t sweat the small stuff. I find most people are focusing on things that seem so trivial. I'm not being judgmental; it’s just hard for me to relate. Instead of small talk, I prefer to jump right into a conversation, discussing philosophy or talking about ancient civilizations. I want to learn about a person's core beliefs and what they’re truly passionate about. As I've gotten older, I've learned that this is because I am an old soul. Ask me how old I am, and sometimes, I'll pause; twenty-three years of age, doesn't always come to mind. I have an inexplicable sense of wisdom. I was also blessed with a selfless paternal grandmother; she is no longer on this earth with me; but, I know, she is my guardian angel. I have her eternal love and strength of character pulsing through my veins; I believe that may be the reason that I am as empathetic as I am.
My life experiences, both good and bad, have placed me in this exact moment in time. I've been guided on my current path and I couldn't be more grateful. I like to say, "I turn my pain into purpose" and strive to live my life, with honesty and integrity. I write blogs like these to share my inner thoughts, and to share the journey of my personal growth in hopes of connecting with my readers and inspiring them.

I have reached a juncture in my life where I feel whole. I've done the work and discovered the source of many of my insecurities. Last week, while talking with a dear friend, I answered my own question: “What is preventing me from creating magnificent things for myself?” I begin the creative process but stop myself from attaining far greater successes. What would happen if I just allowed myself to put my creations out there? I often nurture others and their dreams, putting their needs before my own. What if I poured the same amount of time and love into myself? I'm ready to begin a new chapter in my life. I don't know what 2019 has in store for me....but I know it's going to be amazing.
I want to be a voice for those with invisible illnesses, to let them know they aren't alone. I want to stand up for the ones who identify differently from the "norm." What makes the world so great is our diversity. I want to continue to be the light that leads others from the darkness. My calling is to help others, even if it is merely by being available to them and listening. I have tried to fit into a preconceived idea, to make sense of “what I want to do with my life." If I am honest with myself, I have a sense of why I am here...and what I am meant to do. I wasn't put on this earth to fill a void. It is my purpose to create something unique, something unlike anything that has been created before. 
I don't require a nine-to-five job or a standardized education. Those are the opinions of others. I am not one to align with societal norms or expectations. I am meant to be an innovator. My intuition is guided by our Creator. It is time to truly heed the call. One of my greatest discoveries of 2018 is my own voice. I need not be afraid to stand up for what I truly believe. Will fear appear along the way? Most certainly it will! But staying true to one’s self is when miracles will begin to take shape!
I'd love to hear what you are most looking forward to in the coming year. Also, what is something you will commit to?
I commit to living in the moment as much as possible and to create new things, with pure love and joy!

Monday, December 17, 2018

2018 Love and Gratitude

As the year is coming to a close, I want to make a post thanking some people who have really made a difference in my life. Those that have truly touched my heart during this year.

Donna :

Meeting you, was definitely a highlight, of my year. From the moment we met, it seemed, we had known each other, all of our lives. This lovely woman, is my twin. We enjoy nearly all of the same things; from having the same favorite movie, (one from Old Hollywood), to eating creamsicles, late at night. We share the same sense of humor, and seriously need to entertain the idea of doing a podcast together. I'm not sure the world is ready for us : P

Janae :

Us meeting was divine intervention. The limited time we spent together, this past winter, was extremely meaningful to me. This woman is a literal angel...the sweetest soul you'll ever meet, with the purest heart. It's virtually impossible to be sad in Janae's presence; she's a ray of sunshine. I saw her in LA, in October, and had tears of happiness rolling down my face. I thank G-d, you have been brought into my life, and look forward to our future adventures together.

Patricia :

My sweet doll, Patricia...We met five years ago. Where does the time go? I'll never forget the outpouring of love you showed me. Patricia and I met at a business and networking conference. Near the end of the week, she approached me, took my hands into hers, and we shared the most beautiful conversation...about my value in this world and the mark I would make. We've kept in contact over the years, but this year, we reconnected; it's meant so much to me. Patricia and Scot, her husband, are truly family. I'm grateful for their love and constant prayers.

Nathalie :

We all need a friend that is the voice of reason...that's my Nats! We met at a spiritual convergence, a year ago, and have remained close. She's the voice I hear, when I start to second guess myself. She frequently will call and send me sweet texts, letting me know, she's thinking about me. Nathalie is such a beautiful, creative soul; she truly enriches my life. 

Gina :

Gina, my love! We have been "friends" for a couple of years, but got really close this year. We instantly hit it off and our souls just knew one another. Our goals and paths are very similar and I just feel so much love and gratitude for this girl! It was no coincidence that we came into each others lives and I know that we're in it together, for the long haul...We're going to change the world, girlie!

Tehrah :

My "Momma T" has been my biggest blessing of 2018; I'm unable to formulate the proper words. Both of us, have been on quite the journey, the past few years. During the past year, we have shared and experienced so much. I'm truly blessed to have had her by my side. Tehrah has imparted wisdom, from her life experiences, supported me in my personal growth, and shown me an abundance of love... sometimes tough love... but I know, she always has my best interest at heart. 

Many of my newer friendships, stem from other beautiful people, in my life. I am truly grateful to have so many wonderful friends. The year 2018, has brought me a few new angels, and has solidified many of my existing relationships. So, a thank you to all of my other lovely friends. I love you! <3 

What are three things you are grateful for? P.S. Stay tuned for my first giveaway!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Love Is The Answer

The purest, sweetest love I've ever felt was from my Grandma Rose. She was my paternal grandmother and passed away before I turned eight. Growing up as an only child and having divorced parents, she was my favorite person. The major influence in my life. She taught me to tie my shoes, we watched Golden Girls together, drew pictures, etc. She passed away suddenly from an awful disease, Flesh-Eating Bacteria. I remember understanding she was gone. I didn't cry and at her funeral, my dad lifted me up to see her in the casket. I put a poem I had written for her in there and kissed her cheek. Her face was cold and I told him she wasn't in there any more. Her soul had departed. As the years went by, I knew she was my guardian angel and always in my heart, but it got harder and harder to remember her. 

Being the intuitive person I am, I can connect to beings that have left us. I can feel the presence of those who are gone, but I could never connect with my grandmother. It's now been over 15 years since my grandma died and I strive to be half the woman she was. She had a heart of gold and there was no one quite like her.

Recently, I was spending time with a dear friend and I found myself getting emotional. It took me a few days to realize why this was. I found myself having bursts of tears...happy ones. I felt an overwhelming amount of love. There are all kinds of love. I've given love and received it, but it's truly rare to feel something so pure and unconditional. When I try to remember my grandma, I realize that the memories really are fading as time goes on. That's just part of life. I still feel the love I have for her and she had for me. I realized I was so emotional because for the first time in 15 years, I felt that love again, from my friend. I feel so blessed to first of all had my grandma in my life, but to feel the same kind of love again. 

It reminds me that this kind of love is out there and of the good that exists within all of us. Sometimes, we don't show it or see it in others, but it's there. 

As the song goes, love is the answer....Always come from a place of love. 

Have a beautiful week filled with lots of love and blessings!

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