Woman Wednesday: Karen W.


Q and A with Karen, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

“We all have so much knowledge, wisdom, and our own personal story, so why wouldn’t you want to use your learning to change the lives of others?”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I’m passionate about business and books. I started out in business in 2006 and haven’t looked back. It’s been a rollercoaster ride and I found my passion in 2014 when I started supporting business owners to write their bestselling and business building books. I wrote my first book in 2009 and have just published my ninth (currently available as a digital book only–paperback to follow)! It was my success that drove others to seek my support in this area. And I love it when a client says to me “this is what I wrote!” when they have their book in their hands for the first time. And it’s great to see all the success that can come off the back of having a book when you do it well. You can find out more about my new book at www.the7shifts.com.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was a shy child, introverted and–probably not surprisingly, looking back–I loved books. I had a pretty normal childhood, an only child with two loving parents, and my life has been impacted more by my adult years. My dad died nine years ago and, around the same time, I decided to embrace every opportunity in life, which led me to becoming a firewalk instructor, doing a parachute jump and taking up skiing in my late thirties.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I initially trained to be a coach in 2006 and then did my NLP qualifications to master practitioner level. Naively, I wanted to change the world but soon realised I could only do this one person at a time. Now as The Book Mentor, I can change the world of thousands of people by supporting my authors to get their books out of their head and into the hands of those who need to read them. We all have so much knowledge, wisdom and our own personal story, so why wouldn’t you want to use your learning to change the lives of others? Especially when you can help them to avoid pain or give them short cuts to success.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
I’m not a feminist and I love working with all my clients—men and women. However, more often or not, the people who get in their own way are the ladies I work with. So, it’s wonderful when they realise the power of what they know and they are propelled to step up and make a bigger difference.

MORE ABOUT KAREN: I’m from Portsmouth in the UK, although I work with coaches, business experts, and thought leaders all around the world. I love to travel with my husband, value new experiences, and appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with others. Check out my website at www.librotas.com.

Thank you for reading!

Woman Wednesday: Julia


Q and A with Julia from Stockholm, Sweden, now settled in San Francisco, CA

“It’s okay to take a rest sometimes! It makes you more productive.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: Passion is what drives me! I am super passionate about bringing spiritual awakening to people in a quick and easily digestible way. I found that by going through my awakening myself, especially my Saturn Return where I left everything in Sweden for the unknown in the U.S. I followed my heart and took a huge risk to come to the states. And once I got settled and started building my career in gaming, I realized something was missing. And that something was a consistent connection to my spirituality, but on my terms, in my time. I needed something fast to help me stay grounded and inspired. I started tinkering with a daily app filled with spiritual goodies and a daily ritual. This need to fill a hole in my own life gave birth to Saged!

Now, Saged is so much more than a daily app for spiritual expansion. We are building an entire universe to help people connect with and develop their spirituality. With physical goods, digital experiences, and the magic in the app, we are supporting people where they’re at and helping them get to where they want to be.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was born and raised in Sweden, and until recently, I never realized the type of entrepreneurial spirit I was surrounded by in my family. I saw my family members work hard to make their dreams happen, however unconventional. This made a huge impact on me that I brought with me when I decided to move to the states to explore something bigger. It was during my Saturn Return that everything fell apart in Sweden and I left for the United States for an adventure and never came back. At the time, this made perfect sense and I was so driven to make a life for myself. Looking back, I am so proud of how brave I was to just pick up and move halfway across the world! I settled in San Francisco, got my MBA, and started a career as an executive in gaming. I did this for 20 years until Saged was born and everything changed again. Now, I am running the company of my dreams and helping people discover their power!

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: As a woman who worked in a high-powered position as an executive in the male-dominated gaming industry, the intuitive feminine perspective is so valuable. I recognized that I don’t work like my male counterparts who are expected to continuously be productive and creative. I work in creative bursts; it’s not something that is “on” all the time. I realized that I follow the cycles of the moon and work in a circular vs linear pattern. I am always inputting, but I am not always outputting. In our society, we are expected to always be working, always be producing, and always be creative. But when I gave myself permission to push back on that, even before I started my own company, I realized that I was in much more flow. The push, push, push that our culture and society values are not only exhausting, but it’s also unsustainable. It’s okay to take a rest sometimes! It makes you more productive.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
Being born in a feminist country, Sweden, feminism wasn’t something I ever had to fight for. It was an inherent right that I received at birth and saw in action as I grew up. I see feminism as equal rights for men and women. It’s that simple. In Sweden, feminism is less of a loaded word and it’s more like pro-rights, it’s our birthright. Witnessing the pursuit for women to have the same rights as men in everything in the states has made me realize that feminism transcends male and female, it’s just about the human right to equal access and equal opportunity.

MORE ABOUT JULIA: I always love a good adventure. As devoted as I am to my family and my company, I prioritize my well-being by taking time to fill my cup with spiritual adventures. I recently went on a 2-week trip to hike in Peru and unplug. I also take a huge step back during the summer to spend time with family and friends in Sweden and abroad. I love to travel and I have realized that when I make time for it, I am happier, more creative, have better boundaries, and have much less stress and anxiety. We are told in this society that rest and taking time off aren’t productive. But I see it as the exact opposite.

Thank you for reading!

Sage: Sagedshop.com

INSTA: instagram.com/sagedapp

Feature: https://techround.co.uk/tech/saged-rolls-out-rebrand-and-major-redesign/

Woman Wednesday: Rozzi


Q and A with Rozzi, Oxford, United Kingdom

“Instead of complaining about what you don’t like, ask yourself: What do I want? What does that look like?”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am very passionate about helping women shift away from the dieting world and empowering them to start working with their mind and body to create health and happiness in their lives and live in a body they love.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the human mind and how everything in our lives seems to be the result of our thoughts. What we think shapes our feelings and actions and, inevitably, the results and experiences we have. So, why not harness that inner power and learn to use it to support and propel us towards our goals?

One of my biggest joys is traveling and exploring new places. My backpacking dreams came true when my husband and I spent 5 months exploring Asia in our twenties. My favourite place in the world is Pokhara Lake in Nepal; it has lovely, genuine people and breathtaking views. One day I would love to take my children on a worldwide travel adventure. 

I’m also a big fan of playing a little-known sport called pickleball (check it out; it’s so much fun!). I adore dogs, and I’d happily admit to being a board game geek! Oh, and recently something possessed me to sign up for a 100km 24-hour walking challenge, so most weekends I’m off on long hikes training for that!

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I grew up in a seaside city called Varna in Bulgaria until I turned 13 when my family and I moved to live in the UK. Overall, I had a wonderful, carefree childhood in Bulgaria, filled with memories of playing with my friends on the streets outside and being free to ride my bike or play wherever we wanted. I still cherish the freedom that I had back then, which seems nearly impossible to replicate with my own children, as times have changed now. 

Even as a young child, I always had an entrepreneurial streak bubbling under the surface, and I remember selling my grandparents’ watermelons in the summertime and making friendship bracelets and selling them to visiting tourists. From a young age, I loved the idea of doing my own thing, having my own business, and making my own way in the world. And running my own business now as a hypnotherapist and coach feels like a perfect blend of freedom, adventure, and the joy of helping others, all rolled into one! 

Moving to the UK was a very formative experience for me, especially as I didn’t speak a word of English in the beginning. Learning to adapt to a new life here, something that seemed to be an insurmountable challenge at the time, has taught me to keep going and keep taking small steps in the right direction. Who could have guessed that the shy teenage me, who spent a year carrying a dictionary around at school, would now love writing in English?

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Your mind truly holds the key to what you want in life. If you can just let go of the stories you keep telling yourself and practice keeping your focus on and moving in the direction of what you want, your life will change quicker than you can imagine. 

For example, what if you stopped trying to lose weight and instead focused on creating health and wellness in your body? You would feel so different about the whole thing, and you’d naturally start taking different actions. You can do this with anything in your life. 

Instead of complaining about what you don’t like, ask yourself: What do I want? What does that look like? How will I know I’ve achieved this? How would I feel? Who would I need to be, to have this? Just by asking yourself these questions, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll start getting ideas of what to do next to start moving you towards your goal. The key is in shifting your focus to what you WANT.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
To me, feminism means respect and freedom. Respect for women as equals, recognizing and valuing our individual strengths and what we can bring to the table, regardless of our gender. And freedom to express ourselves as women, be who we choose to be, and have the opportunities to do what we want to do without arbitrary limits, restrictions, or expectations based on our gender.

MORE FROM ROZZI: I would love to invite you to watch my free video series on unlocking lasting diet-free weight loss with your mind, where I show you how you can release weight and keep it off, by working with your mind & body. https://series.weightreset.co.uk/signup 

You can also follow me on Instagram at @resetrozzi I’d love to connect with you there! https://www.instagram.com/resetrozzi/

Thank you for reading!

Link for Rozzi’s video series

Rozzi’s Instagram

Woman Wednesday: Markita


Q and A with Markita from Memphis, TN, living in Milwaukee, WI

“One of the most valuable things I learned is to unlearn to relearn.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am passionate about serving and helping others. I am currently the medical records director for a nursing facility. I have an online shoe boutique called Shoe Chic LLC. I am a certified life coach. I serve on the outreach team as the Council of Disciple for my church Greater New Birth. I am also the founder of Breaking Barriers for Women LLC. Breaking Barriers is my new project and it was birthed from my passion for serving others. Breaking Barriers was birthed during one of the hardest seasons of my life. I was sexually assaulted and had to face it head-on. I want women and young girls to know that if I survive, they can too. I wanted to give them ways and resources to heal from the trauma. Going through that caused me to write my first book. It is titled Breaking the Silence From Pain to Power. I am currently working on getting my voice out and sharing my survival story.

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: My younger years were good and bad. I have always been very smart in school, and education just comes naturally to me. I was spoiled and had all the material things, but I liked time with my parents. I think a lot of generational curses followed me into my adulthood, and it wasn’t until I went through sexual assault, which caused me to realize all the pain I buried away and pretended didn’t happen to me. I had to break those cycles and identify those triggers so that they are not passed down to my children.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: One of the most valuable things I learned is to unlearn to relearn. I had to change my mindset and be ok to change. I would like others to learn just because something happens to you, doesn’t mean it identifies who you are or what you can become. You have the mindset to be willing to change and unlearn to relearn. Nothing is impossible. Please read the book to better understand.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
A voice of advocacy for women to express their beliefs. My entire brand Breaking Barriers for Women LLC stands for and represents feminism. Let your voice be heard and not silent.

Thank you for reading!

Contact: http://www.breakingbarriersforwomen.org

Woman Wednesday: Ryan


Q and A with Ryan from Los Angeles, California

“Give that little girl the love you wanted when you were young.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I’m passionate about women getting what they want in their marriages! There are far too many messages out there telling us we should be just satisfied with things like good smelling laundry and a husband that has a low IQ…it’s not true! We are meant for so much more and our marriages were meant for so much more than just existing together. I found my passion through the work I did on myself and how it changed my marriage. I also used to do wedding stationery and thought it was odd that so many of my brides were confiding in me and asking me for help with non-stationery related things in their relationship. I’m currently working on helping the women in my group as much as I can! It can be found here: (www.marriedandmanifesting.group)

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: Growing up, my parents fought quite a bit. I promised myself that I would never fight with whoever I married. What I didn’t realize was that it caused me to become a people pleaser and I had to learn the hard way how to come out of that. I went to school for graphic design and used my degree for a while but then pivoted over into coaching when I felt called.

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Your childhood doesn’t have to define you. Give that little girl the love you wanted when you were young. She’ll start helping you move forward instead of sabotaging your every move with her tantrums and fears.

Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A:
I’m actually not a huge fan of feminism when it comes to hating men, but my version of feminism is wanting to lift other women up to know how powerful they really are. We have something special, and women everywhere should know so that they can allow themselves to pursue what they want and stop just ‘doing what they’re told.’

MORE ABOUT RYAN: I LOVE DOGS. SERIOUSLY! I was born in Virginia but immediately moved to Rhode Island and lived there until I was 13. We then moved to South Carolina (where I later met my husband in high school). I lived in SC through college then got married and moved to Kentucky. My husband got a job offer three years later that moved us to Florida. After having our first baby and becoming homesick, we moved to North Carolina. But then we got tired of being too close to family and wanted more adventure, so after our second baby was born, we moved to California!

Thank you for reading!