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Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the lovely Lacey Buchanan

Lacey BuchananTwo months ago, Lacey Buchanan took the brave decision to share her story and the story of her son Christian with the world via Youtube.

In her moving and emotional video you see her share through hand-written signs the story of Christian’s short life. From the elation she and her husband experienced when they discovered she was pregnant to the devastation when they learned that he had serious medical problems…and on to the horror of hearing from a total stranger that she was a ‘horrible person’ for not aborting him before he was born.

You see Christian was born with a condition called Tessier cleft. He was born with no eyes and with a severely cleft palate. Lacey shares the hurt of being stared at and whispered about wherever she went and the pain of hearing other children ask “what’s wrong with ‘that baby’”.

She goes on to share how his giggles in the face of constant stares and whispers create a reaction of giggles and joy in return…and how this beautiful child’s soul is touching the lives of strangers who might otherwise have judged him on his appearance alone.

The video is so moving that I recommend anyone take a few minutes out of their day to watch it…you will be overwhelmed by the power of real, unconditional, pure and unadulterated love.

What is so beautiful about this video is not only seeing this woman share her heart so openly with the world…but the pure love you can see between her and her son…which is so much more powerful than any discrimination or narrow-minded judgement.

So please join me in acknowledging and celebrating Lacey and Christian today and help me in sharing their message of inner beauty and love with others.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the gorgeous Angelique Tsang!

Angelique TsangAngelique is a beautiful woman who does incredibly inspiring work…and this week she inspired me personally…

Angelique started her career in corporate international tax law at Deloitte in the Netherlands. After more than four years working with global clients to optimize tax efficient structures, she decided to focus her career on people and leadership issues.

She has been organizing workshops, events and informal meetups for a community interested in science and consciousness since 2008. In her workshops she blends psychology, spirituality and the new sciences with (cultural) archetypes as found in modern pop-culture such as movies, songs and books. Currently she has a private practice, teaches, coaches and is launching newlifetasters.com in 2012.

All of this is amazing, but this is not the reason that Angelique is this week’s Fabulous Friday Female…

As you know, recently I have faced a couple of personal challenges, which I have shared here on my blog. Even though Angelique and I have never met, when she read the posts she reached out to me to share that she thought it was inspiring for me to be so open and vulnerable about such a painful topic. When she reached out we arranged for her to do a healing session for me over Skype, which was wonderful.

I think that often people who work as coaches and mentors feel that they should be able to deal with any challenges by themselves, but if you really understand the value of coaching, healing and mentoring, you understand that everyone can benefit from it when they’re facing a challenge. The session we did together was incredibly powerful and helped me to make a huge shift.

So please join me in acknowledging and celebrating Angelique today and the amazing work she does. If you would like to find out more about Angelique and her work, you can find out all about her here: http://www.angeliquetsang.com/

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.
…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Denise Michaels!

DeniseToday’s Fabulous Friday Female is the lovely Denise Michaels.

As I mentioned when I started doing the Fabulous Friday Female, this project is a group effort and I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate not just the women who inspire me, but also those who inspire YOU.

So a huge thanks goes out to Stacey Hall who stepped forward and asked me to feature Denise as one of our Fabulous Friday Females.

Here’s what Stacey had to say about Denise:

Who is your Fabulous Friday Female?

Denise Michaels in Las Vegas, Nevada

Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU?

She is the author of ‘Testosterone-Free Marketing’ (sold in 15 countries). She is a pioneer in teaching both women and men around the world to break-through the old ‘guerrilla marketing’ approach to selling so that they can thoroughly enjoy the success they deserve.

She has helped me in making both of my books into best-sellers and she is now the administrator of the ‘Writers of Non-Fiction’ group on Facebook helping others to do the same.

So please join me in celebrating Denise today for the work that she does and the great way in which she does it.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

 

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Tanya Paluso!

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the gorgeous Tanya Paluso.

Tanya’s story begins, with her gypsy spirit to travel the world. After living abroad in China, Japan, Spain and South America, she moved to New York City to begin her journey in personal development. It was there that Tanya discovered her passion for community building when she started a project to bring her colleagues at Thomson Financial together to mentor inner city girls. The project was so successful that she won the 2006 Community Champion award out of 15,000 employees and raised over $30,000 for her partner non-profit, Girls Inc.

After leaving corporate sales at Thomson to study at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she started the non-profit Play 4 Life, Inc. to bring nutrition into inner city schools, again bringing community together for fundraiser events such as karaoke and dodgeball tournaments.

When she moved back to San Diego in 2008, she felt the calling, and started organizing small events for women to empower each other, which eventually morphed into Tribal Truth when she partnered with Novalena Betancourt.

Tribal Truth is an incredible community for women whose purpose is to ‘Put a tribe behind your dream’.  It is all about women collaborating and supporting each other with their dreams, and doing it from a really open, authentic and honest place.

I wanted to share a video that Tanya recently did about community…what I love about it is that she talks about REAL community…the fact that it’s not always pretty, it’s not always easy, and that we’re not all perfect (including herself!)…and this is perfectly OK…

London Tribal Truth LaunchWhat is amazing about Tanya is that she is really walking her talk, being open and authentic and having the tribe support her with her dream of having Tribal Truth in 100 cities in 5 years.  Having launched Tribal Truth in 5 US cities already, it has now gone international with the launch of the London tribe last weekend (http://www.tribal-truth.com/launch/london-membership)…and there are many others on the horizon!

I believe that any woman who is focused on bringing women together in support and collaboration, and doing so from a very open, feminine and honest place deserves acknowledgement and celebration.

So please join me in celebrating Tanya today, with love and gratitude x

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well.  So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do?  In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

 

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Liz Ivory!

Liz IvoryToday’s Fabulous Friday Female is the lovely Liz Ivory.

As I mentioned when I started doing the Fabulous Friday Female, this project is a group effort and I wanted to acknowledge and celebrate not just the women who inspire me, but also those who inspire YOU.

So a huge thanks goes out to Elena Blunsum who stepped forward and asked me to feature Liz as one of our Fabulous Friday Females.

Here’s what Elena had to say about Liz:

Who is your Fabulous Friday Female?

Liz Ivory, the co-founder of Broadband Consciousness (BC) from Northampton in the UK.

Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU?

I’ve worked with Liz over the last 2 1/2 years and I can’t begin to express how much doing so has affected my life and the lives of those around me! I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for  her!

Through the BC 5 day programme, which Liz runs with her partner, I really got, at a cellular level, all the stuff that beforehand I knew intellectually from all of the spiritual work I had done. I may have ‘known’ it but I certainly didn’t own it which, of course, I do now! It changed my identity – can you imagine?

I’ve continued to work with Liz on a one to one basis since then, as and when I’ve needed to.

She really is the most amazing gorgeous, authentic, loving and incredible woman! Her approach is loving beyond belief, she is compassionate to her core and her approach effective in the extreme!

She is REAL! Her work hasn’t changed just my life – she touches the lives of everyone she meets!

So please join me in celebrating Liz today for the work that she does and the beautiful way in which she does it.

If you would like to find out more about Liz then you can find her here: http://theministryofinspiration.com/about.html

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well.  So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do?  In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

 

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Ashley Judd!

Ashley JuddToday’s Fabulous Friday Female is the amazing Ashley Judd.

Ashley has been making headlines around the world this week, speaking out for women everywhere about the criticisms and judgements that are levelled at us based purely on our appearance.

Back in March, Ashley did an interview for Canadian Television, after which there was mass speculation that her “puffy face” indicated that she had recently had plastic surgery.  Alternate views were that at the age of 43 her skin was so flawless that she must have had work done.

Ashley confirmed that her appearance was simply a combination of lack of exercise over the winter and a course of steroids to help her overcome a sinus infection that she hadn’t been able to shift.

But after some vicious and brutal attacks levelled at her by the media…ranging from calling her a ‘cow’ or a ‘pig’ (not to mention that she was being called fat for being a US size 6-8, which is a UK 10-12) to saying that her husband was ‘looking for his second wife’, Ashley felt compelled to speak out.

Her response was posted here on her website and then published on the news site The Daily Beast .  She then gave this exclusive interview, which prompted another explosion of media interest:

I thought I would share a few quotes from her message:

I ask especially how we can leverage strong female to female alliances to confront and change that there is no winning here as women. It doesn’t actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others – and in my case, to the actual public.

How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment?

Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me, as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women.

It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self image, how we show up our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in – and help change – The Conversation.

I believe that any woman who is standing up and publicly condemning the epidemic culture of objectifying, judgment and criticism, and is promoting the building up of support, female to female alliances and acceptance deserves acknowledgement and celebration.

So please join me in celebrating Ashley Judd today and help me in sharing her message, for all women today and in generations to come.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well.  So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do?  In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

 

Today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Lynne Hazelden!

Lynne HazeldenFor those of you who have been following my recent posts, it will come as no surprise to you that today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the incredible Lynne Hazelden.

When Lynne discovered she had breast cancer in 2010, aged 51, she knew she was in for a very tough time. Not only because the treatments for cancer in the UK are known to be aggressive but because her health was already seriously compromised due to a rare mercury and amalgam allergy, diagnosed at Guys Hospital in 1995. An allergic reaction to fillings had left her health and energy seriously impaired and her body highly sensitive to conventional drugs.

Lynne, who has made appearances in ‘Star Wars’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘Judge John Deed’ as well as working voluntarily with young people on The Hunger Project and for peace organisations, bravely decided to have a mastectomy. The aggressive effects that chemotherapy and other therapies can have, Lynne felt could be too much for her already compromised health.

While the surgery was successful, Lynne recently discovered another lump in her reconstructed breast and learned the cancer had affected her lymph nodes too. The second lump and some lymph nodes have now been removed but she doesn’t intend to take it easy until she’s not only raised the funds she needs for own treatment but awareness in the UK of the much kinder treatments for cancer that are proving successful in other countries.

Lynne has discovered new and successful pioneering treatment in Israel at the International Centre for Cell Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy. The centre specialises in treatments for cancer which include a broad range of personalised therapies. With out help, Lynne is hoping to have treatment herself there but to also bring knowledge of the kinder treatments on offer to patients in the UK.

I personally feel that Lynne’s determination to help others through her own circumstances in spite of her compromised health is truly inspiring, and I would love for you to join me in celebrating her as today’s Fabulous Friday Female!

If you would like to help Lynne and her cause, then remember to Pay Forward a Pound (if you missed the post earlier this week you can find out how to help with just £1 here: http://feminine1st.com/pay-forward-a-pound-for-lynne/) to do your bit right now to help save Lynne’s life.

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As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well.  So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do?  In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

The launch of the Fabulous Friday Female…today’s Fabulous Friday Female is Lisa Steadman!

I love social media.

Being connected with so many other fantastic people all over the globe brings so much to my life…and continually inspire me.

As you know by now, one of my passions in life is helping women…and part of that is recognising and spreading the word of other amazing women…and sharing their work and what they do with others.

Collaborating and connecting are two of my buzz-words…I think that the more we can collaborate and support each other and the more we can connect with people who inspire us, the better.

So today I’m launching a new initiative: The “Fabulous Friday Female”…which has been inspired by a lovely lady, Claudia Crawley who I see regularly recongising and celebrating women, which I’d love to see more of us doing! 🙂

Going forward, every Friday I will be sharing with you a fabulous female who is inspiring in her own unqiue way.  It could be a celebrity, it could be my next door neighbour, it could be someone I’ve met randomly, it could be a friend, it could be anyone!  But she will fulfill 3 simple criteria:

  • She is a woman
  • She is inspiring in some way, whether big or small
  • She is someone who I would like to acknowledge, honour and celebrate

…and most importantly I would love to ask for your help on this.  I would really love for you to contact me and tell me about the women who inspire YOU.

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Lisa SteadmanSo, today’s Fabulous Friday Female is the amazing Lisa Steadman…

 

Lisa, if you don’t know her, is a force of nature.  She is a firecracker of energy and spirit who is totally infections…you can’t help but love her.

Lisa is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author, sought after speaker, breakup expert, branding consultant, and CEO of Woohoo, Inc. After spending a decade successfully branding multi-million dollar properties like Barbie while fumbling her way through romantic breakup after breakup, Lisa broke up with Corporate America and Mr. Wrong, built her own buzz worthy brand as THE Breakup Expert, became an instant best seller with her bookIt’s a Breakup, Not a Breakdown, and met and married the love of her life. Today, Lisa owns her own consulting business, branding major companies, personalities, and businesses for a 2.0 world, as well as re-branding women who are ready to reinvent themselves in love, life, and business at any age.

A frequent media contributor, Lisa has appeared on The Today Show, The Tyra Banks Show, KTLA Morning News, iVillage Live, The Fran Drescher Show, Playboy Radio, and New Zealand’s Good Morning. She regularly contributes content to popular websites including The Huffington Post, MSN, Yahoo Shine, EHarmony, and YourTango.

BUT all of this, is not the reason why Lisa is this week’s Fabulous Friday Female.

I would like to acknoweldge, honour and celebrate Lisa for a different reason today.

Because recently Lisa has had her life kind of turned upside down.  A matter of weeks ago, Lisa went from a woman who was never expecting to have children of her own, to taking in her 2 year old niece, along with her lovely husband (or Hubs, to those in the know).

The fact that in spite of her own inclinations not to have children, Lisa and her husband have stepped up to provide this beautiful little girl with the home, love and support that she needs due to difficulties with her birth parents is beautiful to me.

To hear Lisa talk about how the little ‘wee one’ has changed (and is changing!) her life for the better and to see the journey they are embarking upon together is really heartwarming.

I was a guest on Lisa’s radio show earlier this week, and at the beginning of the show Lisa shared a story about an experience with the ‘wee one’ which will make your heart melt…you can listen to it here: http://bit.ly/GUdq5P

So this is the reason that I would like to acknowledge, honour and celebrate Lisa today…and I invite you all to give a big “Woo hoo!” to Lisa for being our first, and very worthy, Fabulous Friday Female!

If you would like to connect with Lisa, you can find out more about her here: http://lisasteadman.com/

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So, going forward,  I want you to remember that this project is a group effort! I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well.  So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (claire@feminine1st.com) with 3 simple details:

  • Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
  • Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do?  In what way is she inspiring?)
  • A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)

So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.

…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!

Claire x

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Positive Feedback – Day 21 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 21 of the Youtube challenge!

As women we are so good at giving out…but when we receive positive feedback we can have a habit of dismissing it. Would you like to know how important receiving positive feedback well is to the success of your business? Watch the video to find out:

So, how do you receive positive feedback? What could you change it receive positive feedback better? What difference do you think it would make to the success of your business?

I’d love to know what you think about being a S.T.A.R., so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “Shoes!” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-20/