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Who inspires YOU?

As today is international women’s day, I wanted to ask you a very simple question – “Who inspires you?”

But I realise that before asking this question, in order to be fair, I should also tell you who inspires me.

Now this is always a challenging question for me, as I am very very lucky…I find inspiration all around me.

So here are just a few of the many amazing women who I am lucky enough to be inspired by on a daily basis.

Kris Hallenga – Founder of the breast cancer awareness charity “Coppafeel!”

Kris and her twin sister Maren

Kris and her twin sister Maren

Kris was just an ordinary 23 year old in 2009 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because she was so young, it had taken a monumental battle with the medical profession just to get the diagnosis completed. By the time this happened Kris was (is) at stage four, the most advanced type of cancer (there is no stage 5).

But as Kris began to cope with her routine of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and yet more radiotherapy in her own words Kris “Turned her shock and anger into pure-kick ass, immediately making it her full–time mission to encourage her friends, her generation, and YOUNG PEOPLE everywhere to keep hold of their wonderful, carefree lives by getting to know their boobs – and appreciating the fact that, shitty a reality as it may be, breast cancer can affect YOUNG PEOPLE, at any age.”

Kris and her twin sister Maren launched the incredible “CoppaFeel!” just one month after Kris’s diagnosis which led to appearances on national TV, national press and the Pride of Britain award.

More importantly they do it with fun, wit and an infectious sense of humour that is inspiring. This has led to the “Hundred Hooters” event taking place in Bath, UK this Sunday the 11th of March 2012 (http://www.coppafeel.org/hundredhooters2012) and the “Biking for Boobies 2012” hitting the streets of Cornwall in May.

Check out the CoppaFeel! Website and find out how knowing your boobs could save your life… http://www.coppafeel.org

Christina Vincent

You may have heard me mention Christina before; she is a very dear friend and such an inspiration to me.

I met Christina on a trip to New York a couple of years ago.

Claire Victor and Christina

Christina and I with our friend Victor 🙂

Christina and I should never really have met. Although we were at an event together our paths didn’t directly cross.  But when I saw her, I had this strong sense that she was someone I needed to meet. Little did I know what an impact she would have on me and my life.

On my return from the US, I kept in touch with Christina via Facebook. After a couple of mentions of health and medical insurance issues, on January 5th last year I saw a post which made me stop and pay attention. “JUST GOT THE CALL. IT’S GO TIME. PLEASE SEND PRAYERS. I’M GOING IN SWINGING!!!! TALLY-HOOOOO!!!!!”.

This was the point at which I discovered that this lovely person that I had met only a few months before had a rare form of cancer and was going in for surgery. Reality check time.

I’m not going to rave too much about her here (I could go on and on about her spirit, energy, positivity and amazing attitude in the face of adversity…) but I will say that reading her blog and interacting with her, even from the other side of the world – I have been truly inspired.

For anyone who wants to know more and are interested in seeing what real courage and a true positive outlook on life is about, feel free to check out her site here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/foxfire

Christina holds a very special place in my heart, she is the very essence of inner beauty, generosity of spirit and pure love. I consider myself very lucky to know her.

83-year-old salsa dancer

As you may know, I’m a salsa dancer and teacher…and when I saw this lady dance at an event in London a few years ago she blew me away!

The woman dancing on stage is 83 in this video…and in the UK she began her routine with the simple words “Salsa is ageless”.

I love that she represents everything I believe about following your passions, age being nothing more than a number, and that you’re never too old to do something you love.

I aspire to still be able to dance like that when I’m 83!

…and last, but definitely no means least – My Mum

Me and my Mum!

Me and my Mum!

My family has had quite an interesting year, with a number of major surgeries taking place, other medical challenges, and big life changes (in addition to all of the usual ups and downs that life adds to the mix!)

But regardless of the fun and games that life involves, my Mum never ceases to inspire me…and the last year has only made this more apparent.

Whilst suffering significant medical challenges of her own, she almost always has a smile on her face, a kind word for anyone and will still go the extra mile to help anyone else out.

She makes me so very proud to call her my Mum as well as being one of my best friends. She is a constant reminder of how inspiring it is to deal with life’s ups and downs with such good-natured grace and positivity x

So…the only thing left to ask is – who inspires YOU?

Enjoy the rest of international women’s day…and remember to Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

The Feminine Way to Business Success – What is Your Why? – Day 8 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 8 of the Youtube challenge!

Today’s video comes from a lot of research that I’ve been doing lately about what makes feminine women in business successful.  I’ve been reading a lot of articles, books and interviewing successful women in business for my upcoming book.  The interesting thing is that the same answer keeps coming up time and time again:

So, what is your purpose?  What is your reason why?  What reason would make you absolutely unstoppable in the pursuit of your business’s success?  Who could you help by succeeding in business?

I’d love to hear all about your why, 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…as it follows on directly from today’s video…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “How Highly Do You Value Your Time?” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-7/

Something exciting to kick off the new year…

I have an exciting opportunity for you to kick off 2012!

Feminine 1st is appearing LIVE at the Lead the Way into 2012 event this weekend!

The event is designed for women in business who want more in 2012. More success, more results, more enjoyment, more balance, more FUN! 😀

With the New Year well underway we are all busy working up our 2012 plans and setting the wheels in motion for an amazing year.

The Lead the Way into 2012 event is the perfect way to ignite the spark of inspiration and get the strategies and tools you need to make your 2012 success a reality.

The speakers who will be joining me on Saturday are truly inspiring.

Richard McCann (Author of Just a Boy), an incredible individual who has transformed his life from one of tragedy to one of inspiration.

At the age of 5 Richard woke up to discover his mother had been one of the victims of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe. Even at such an early age, his first reaction was to think about how he could improve his situation. He couldn’t bring his mother back but he could decide how to look differently at what life had thrown at him.

The series of steps that took Richard from where he was as a frightened 5 year old, to the powerful and inspirational speaker he is today, are what makes his seminars and workshops such powerful tools for change.
Focussing on the key strategies that helped him to grow beyond just surviving and create the life he wanted, has enabled Richard to create inspirational presentations on Change, Challenge and Leadership which he will be sharing with us at the Lead the Way into 2012 event.

Just a Boy

Gail Reynolds (Author of Mum’s the Word), a remarkable woman who has managed to build a £6 Million business working from home while being a mother of 2 kids and having a third!. In addition to that she has also built a website, written a book and become a public speaker too.

Gail is living proof that women and more specifically mums can live a Rich & Fulfilled life. She will be sharing her experience and knowledge on how you too can build a Million £££ business with your very own personal skill sets, some innovative and creative thought processes.

Gail has personally built a team of thousands of recruits and hundreds of leaders, and has gained knowledge and experience within the MLM business that she will be sharing this weekend to ladies wanting the same success as her.

My Mum Says logo and book

And of course there will be me, Claire Brummell, sharing the secrets and strategies to enjoy and balance your business successes with a fulfilled and fabulous life by reconnecting with your femininity. I will be sharing the three keys to unlocking your femininity including:

  • The Best Kept Secret About Femininity
  • The Power of the Feminine Woman
  • The Roots of Femininity and How to Connect to Them.

The Feminine Evolution

The best thing about this event though is that you will not only be helping yourself, but others too. Attendance for the event is completely and totally FREE the organisers simply request a donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer for whatever you feel the day has been worth to you.

I’m so excited to be speaking to you ladies and meeting more of you in person – so be sure to come and say hello when you see me.

Check out the events page now for all of the details on this fabulous event…and I look forward to seeing you there!

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

inspiration

A little fun and inspiration…

inspirationI saw this today and thought that it was so cute that I just had to share it with you all.

For those of you who haven’t heard of them before, the PS22 Chorus is an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York).

It is composed of 60-70 fifth-graders, and is directed by Gregg Breinberg. The group have been featured on several major national news and music networks after their videos gained international attention on YouTube. As of December, 2011 the chorus’ videos have been watched more than 39,000,000 times.

They’ve performed with Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry, and have even performed at the Academy awards!

These kids are absolutely amazing and so inspiring, especially around Christmas time, and the message of this particular song is relevant to each and every one of you.

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x