Happy 6th Birthday, NACWE!

Here are a few messages from our members wishing NACWE a happy birthday!

 


—Shelley Hitz
 
 

HaPpY BiRtHdAy NACWE! I am new to NACWE as of a couple of months ago. Since then, I have committed to extending my coaching launch to form a community for adoptive parents. This month, Brenda Lee Coaching along with the Community of Parents of Reactive Attachment Disorder & Trauma will launch. I also have taken the plunge into fulfilling a dream of being a published writer. God has prepared me for such a time as this. It is not a coincidence that NACWE came into my life at this precise time. The network of amazing Christian women who truly love the Lord and serve Him by serving others is refreshing. We each come from our own niches, and even the women that have the same or similar callings are not in competition with each other, but instead lift each other up in prayer. We recognize our unique gifts and empower one another.
—Brenda Love

 

Happy Birthday NACWE! I’m only been a member since December but God brought this group into my life at just the right time. I had no idea when I joined that I the business I was just starting would be hit with a lawsuit a month later. I have no idea what will happen with this lawsuit or if we will even come out of it without losing everything we have. However, the ministry my husband and I have is still growing and God is giving me other ideas for my business and my ministry. I wouldn’t want to be traveling this road without NACWE. The friendships, support, encouragement, and prayers from those of you here have definitely held me up and continue to do so. Thank you to all of you and Diane Cunningham for bringing this amazing group of women together!
—Robin Moulfair EA

 

Happy Birthday, NACWE! I've only been here a few months but I've been blessed by the sisterhood and thankful for the great success tools that are available.
You really do rock, Diane Cunningham!
—Delaine Allen

 
 

—Barb Hollace 
 

Diane Cunningham celebrating you and the NACWE group in 6 years of standing strong, supporting people toward their goals and celebrating ALL of the success of each member. I pray many more years of exciting times for you and NACWE! May the favor of God be seen in every area. Blessings to you!
—Lisa Shaw

 

Happy Birthday NACWE! So proud of all you have accomplished Diane Cunningham! You helped me bring my membership group to life and supported me in my first year. I truly appreciate you and all the gifts God has given you. I am also truly grateful for the NACWE women I have met along the way.
—Noelle D'Intino

 

Happy Birthday NACWE! Thank you Diane for having the vision to give birth to NACWE and to bring together Christian Women Entrepreneurs. NACWE is a place where we can pray together, ask our sisters to pray with us and for us, brainstorm about our ministries, businesses, dreams, share our frustrations and disappointments along with our success. NACWE is a safe place to grow and to land! Can't wait to see where NACWE will be in the next 6 years!!!!
—Diana Journy

 

Happy Birthday NACWE, I'm so blessed to be apart of such a great sisterhood. Thanks Diane Cunningham for being a great leader with a big vision to serve God's women in a big way, and thanks for carrying and birthing the vision!
—LaWanda Evans

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ‪#‎NACWE‬ !!! Thank you Diane for birthing NACWE!!! Words can not express the blessings you produced! You have turned chaotic into calm as NACWE gives direction and clarity. Together we become stronger, all of us in different stages of our businesses. A group of women who put God first as we follow the desires of our hearts to serve others, desires that HE places in our hearts. Thanks to you Diane I am getting back to Gods plan for my life. Keep ROCK'N it SISTER.., we all LOVE YOU!!! heart emoticon
—Charity Gordon

NACWE Member Spotlight: Diana Journy

GPP_3129 EDITWhen a friend suggested that Diana Journy should join the Be Brave Challenge hosted by NACWE CEO and Founder Diane Cunningham in February 2015, Diana decided to, well, be brave and take the plunge. “I signed up and decided I wanted more after finishing the challenge,” Diana said. Since then, 2015 has been an exciting year for her, full of learning new things and making exciting decisions.

NACWE provides Diana with support—something she desperately needs as she works through the difficult issues that arise in her field. Diana, along with her husband of nearly 40 years, Tim, founded The Journey Through in 2011 to provide guidance to those undergoing their “journey through” difficult times. “My business is coaching and assisting others through infidelity,” Diana said. “I coach women who have been affected by infidelity to move forward to find hope and joy. I also coach women who are in transitions in their lives.”

A graduate of Illinois State University, Diana has ministered to couples and individuals since 2009. As a certified coach, she now has even more opportunities to help others. Her focus, however, remains on helping couples heal and become stronger than ever. “My husband and I offer Private Intensives for couples who are walking through healing after infidelity,” Diana said. “Another seminar we offer is Building an Intentional Marriage, designed to be presented in churches to help couples build stronger marriages.” Diana and Tim have also worked to offer new seminars this year catered to men and women individually.FullSizeRender Diana

NACWE has helped Diana take her business to the next level in several ways. “One tool NACWE has provided for me is confidence to step out and be brave,” Diana said. “I have slowly learned to use Facebook—it is a slow process for me! I also have learned that I can design and present a seminar for women.” Not only that, but Diana has seen her profits increase as her confidence increases. “Since coaching with Diane, I have learned that my
services are valuable and that I am worth the price I charge,” Diana said. “Thus, I am seeing a positive difference in the dollars coming in.” Diana also appreciates the collaboration she finds with her fellow NACWE members. “With the creative thinking of Diane and NACWE, I see different opportunities to get noticed and to get clients to buy in,” she said. She also loves having a sisterhood where she can go and ask for prayers and support. “If I'm healthier (mentally and physically), then my business is healthier.”

Diana NACWELife as an entrepreneur suits Diana well. “I love the flexibility,” she said. “I can be taking care of things around the home while doing coaching calls. Some days, I don't even leave the house, and I’m okay with that! I like being my own boss and being able to do things on my time schedule.” Even with the support of NACWE, Diana knows she needs something bigger to guide her on her journey as an entrepreneur. “I would not be doing what I am doing without the guidance and help that I get from God every second of every day,” she said. “God has a plan for me, and it is bigger than I can begin to imagine. Each day, I'm trusting that He is guiding my footsteps.”

When asked about things she wish she knew before starting her business, Diana offered three things. First, that she needed to value herself and her services. Second, that her business would increase and to not be afraid. And third, to expect setbacks and failures because they are part of the process. For encouragement, Diana finds comfort in two of her favorite Bible verses that sum up how she feels as a female entrepreneur:

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
—Philippians 4:12-13

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such great cloud of witnesses, let us through off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
—Hebrews 12:1

 

 

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To learn more about Diana, watch her Success Interview below:

 

Written by Callie Revell

NACWE Member Spotlight: Rachel Barrett-Dolcine

Rachel1Rachel Barrett-Dolcine’s middle name is “Joy,” and it’s easy to see why. Her infectious joy and spark for life have made her well-known in NACWE since she joined almost two years ago. She originally joined NACWE with the hopes of creating a network of fellow Christian women entrepreneurs, but she has also found a group of supportive friends as well. Rachel treasures the support of friends and family as she continues her journey as a small business owner.

Rachel’s business, Compass Consulting and Training Solutions, is based in Baltimore, Maryland and provides small business owners and nonprofits with customized, professional, insightful and motivating business services and training. “When it comes to small businesses, I pride myself on the work I do with the business fearful (those who are scared out of their wits about starting their business or growing their business),” Rachel said. She has written over thirty trainings to assist small business owners in achieving their full potential. Rachel remembers one particular client who was stuck in a rut and needed help. “She was scared to step out and start her dream business because she felt she was too old,” Rachel recalled. “She currently sells fashion jewelry, but felt she was called to do so much more.” With Rachel’s help, the client formed a new plan. “She is now planning to start a business that offers one-day makeovers to recent divorcées, women just recovering from a serious illness, women who recently lost weight, or women who are grieving and need a boost. She will incorporate her jewelry business as well. Isn't that grand? The excitement on her face and in her voice made my heart sing!”

Rachel3That excitement that she ignites in others has motivated Rachel to continue growing her business and reaching clients over the past two years. She has found invaluable resources through NACWE that help her stay on track. She especially enjoys the camaraderie in the Facebook group, her one-on-one coaching with Diane, the Christian Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI), and the conference workshops. “The encouraging, honest, prayerful, open, transparent, and drama-free environment created by this organization has allowed me to open up and share in ways I have never done before,” Rachel said. “It has been refreshing and liberating to open up knowing you will only get love!” Her one-on-one coaching with Diane is entering its second phase, and Rachel couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead. “I am getting ready to start round Two. Round One was dynamite!” Rachel said. “The coaching program has allowed me to see my business in a totally different light. I have been inspired to take risks and launch new products.”

For those not sure about joining NACWE or haven’t been taking full advantage of their memberships, Rachel wants to encourage them to make a change. “The longer you sit on the fence about joining NACWE, the longer you are putting off the using your gifts, talents, and business services to build and grow the Kingdom of God,” Rachel said plainly. “NACWE is not just another social or business group. NACWE serves a higher purpose: to connect women with each other, God, and their businesses. Jump off that fence (watch your fall, though; we don't want any liability insurance claims) and join a network of the most praying, fired-up, Holy-Spirit-driven, feisty, funny (me being the funniest, of course), inspiring, drama-less, mature, and loving set of women you will ever meet. Stop missing out! Join today!”Rachel5

It’s clear that Rachel draws so much satisfaction and fulfillment from running her own business. “The ability to do what I want, when I want, and how I want using the gifts I want to grow something that is mine has been exhilarating beyond belief!” she said. “The biggest frustration for me as an employee is having to conform to little boxes that you are placed in as a result of your job description. Now, I can explore any aspect of my business I see fit.”

As she explores the potential of her business, she does so with her feet firmly planted on the foundation of everything she does as an entrepreneur: her faith. “Two years ago, I sat in my office and dedicated my business fully to God,” Rachel said. “I told Him that I was making Compass His business. I reminded Him that He is not a God who fails, so I know that my business will grow and change the lives of every client that we work with.” Rachel prays about and listens for guidance from God for all of her business decisions. “Well, most of the time,” she admitted. “Sometimes, I get so excited and run ahead without checking in first. Sometimes, it works out. Sometimes, I put my tail between my legs and slowly jog back to the feet of God.” Her “God-First” approach has served her well so far and has helped her stay grounded through the ups and downs of business ownership. “I will read books or go to networking events and conferences and hear information that tickles my ears or gets my blood pumping, but, at the end of the day, if the idea or tools do not line up with the way God has called me to do business as a Christian, I pass. My mom used to say, ‘Others may. You cannot.’”

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Rachel and her sister as children in Jamaica.

Rachel’s main vision for her business is centered on her customers and clients, the ones who truly need her guidance and support. “I want my business to be a refuge, a place where those who are frustrated and worn out can come and find options that inspire, rejuvenate, and motivate them to keep going. You know, almost like a water break during a lifelong marathon.”

As an entrepreneur, Rachel has an even larger vision for herself. "When I die, I don't want to leave a memory. I want to leave a legacy,” Rachel said. “Memories fade, but legacies last forever."

 

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Written by Callie Revell

Welcome to the Business Counterculture

by Theresa Ceniccola

 

You know, you really should be blogging. Forget that! Blogging is out….you should be podcasting. And if you don’t have a Facebook Page for your business, you are going to fail. But if you really want to attract customers, you need to be on Instagram. And Pinterest. And Periscope. Oh, and did you know you need to host a live event? And create a passive revenue stream? And monetize your blog? And raise your rates? And hire an assistant? And publish a book? And get a high-paying speaking gig?

WHAT?! If you really listened to all the well-intentioned business advice out there on the Interwebs, you would drive yourself crazy! And drive your customers away. More importantly, you would be an emotional disaster—wondering why “everyone else” is able to keep up with the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship and you can’t seem to figure out how to sync your calendar on your iPhone.

I’m a huge believer in lifelong learning, and whenever I want to make a change, I always look to others who have gone before me. But—and I say this with gobs of respect and appreciation for my many mentors—sometimes you have to do your own thing. There comes a point when all the advice, predictions, guidance, and instruction become counterproductive. Like we tell our children, just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s right—at least, not for everyone.

You’ve probably been there before. You get so immersed in what other people think you should do that you lose sight of your own goals and plans and dreams. You spend all your time trying to “figure stuff out,” and you don’t actually make any meaningful progress.

What if you followed your own instincts? What if you talked with one trusted mentor and soaked up the advice and then made decisions based on what you feel is right for your business? What if you stood up for what you believe is right and said NO to what everyone else is doing? It would be liberating! And probably more successful than the constant struggle to keep up with the confusing and evolving  “expert” recommendations.

That’s what my client Beth did when she decided not to open a Facebook page for her business despite warnings of doom. And it’s what Jim Mischel of Electric Mirror did when he insisted on manufacturing in the United States. And that’s what I did years ago when I made the conscious decision to keep my business “small” so that I could spend more time with my family.

It takes courage and conviction to go against the norm in business. But as Malcom Gladwell points out, it’s necessary:

“Society frowns on disagreeableness. As human beings, we are hardwired to seek the approval of those around us. Yet a radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention."
—Malcom Gladwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

 If you run your own business, blog, or ministry, then you have the ability to make decisions that are in alignment with your beliefs. You have an obligation to yourself and your clients to challenge convention—and chose the direction you feel is best at the moment. So . . . what are you doing in your business that might be considered countercultural? How are you rising up against society’s pressures when it comes to your business or ministry?

 

theresacTheresa Ceniccola is The Christian Mompreneur—a Mentor to Moms Who are Running a Business that Supports Faith and Family. She empowers entrepreneurial moms to build profitable businesses with wisdom and grace through the Christian Mompreneur Mastermind program and her professional Marketing services, which include copywriting, marketing, and strategy consulting and private coaching.

Today’s Microwave Society

By Joanne R. Kanute

 

microwave-29056_640Today, people seem to want everything instantly! Have you noticed the "hurry-up," quick atmosphere we live in? What effect does this “microwave society” have on our health, wellness, and self-image?

The Urban Dictionary defines "microwave society" as “the mindset of wanting (and nearly getting) everything 'right now.'”

Many people feel they don’t have the time to prepare a meal. They resort to fast food, take-out orders, super market delis, frozen foods, and boxed foods. If they can’t purchase it, their family doesn’t get it.

With the increased consumption of prepared foodswhich contain many preservatives, high sodium content, and high levels of fats and sugarshealth conditions are on a dramatic rise. 50 million Americans are overweight, 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic, childhood obesity is on the rise, and cancer rates are rapidly increasing.

The Microwave Society is about everything being fast and easy with little to no regard for future health, wellbeing, and self-image taken into consideration. Our eating habits are not the only factor affected by the Microwave Society; many say they don’t have time to exercise! In reality, you don’t have time to not exercise. This form of lifestyle is also having adverse effects on our self-image and self-esteem. When we don’t take the time for self-care, our physical and mental condition deteriorates.

Exercise is not only good for the body but also great for the mind. Exercise helps control weight, lower diabetes (of US residents 65 and older, 26.9% have diabetes; of people younger than 20 years of age, 215,000 have diabetes), increase circulation (5.8 million people in the US have heart failure), lower cholesterol (16.3% of the US population has high cholesterol), increase lung capacity, help control blood pressure (31.3% of US adults has high blood pressure), and lowers your stress level, which will improve your sleep.

Stress is responsible for 70-80% of the disease in America! 75-90% of all doctor office visits are stress related ailments or conditions which have an adverse effect on our sleep patterns. When we lack sleep, we tend to respond to issues differently than when we are rested, which then triggers additional stress in our lives.

Dan Rather states, “We have a sleep crisis; it is no longer a priority for the average American.”  80 to 90% of people say they don’t get enough sleep.

The Microwave Society also has an adverse effect on families. Many families no longer take the time to eat their evening meals together and converse about their days, making the meal an enjoyable family experience. This brings less communication as a family, which in turn brings about a higher stress level in the household.

We need to get back to the basics and bring a balance back into our lives. Focus on the what more than the what if, and experience life as a journey rather than a series of ending points or a marathon.

We all need to step back and analyze what we are doing to our body, our health, our self-image, and our families in today's Microwave Society. What lifestyle changes can you make to improve your health and wellness which will enable you to lead a fuller life and have a better self-image?

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” B. Olatunji

Statistics used from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
© 2015 Joanne R Kanute Companies LLC

 

Oct. 2010 012Joanne is a Board Certified Master Certified Life Coach, earning her credentials through Light University and American Association of Christian Counselors. Life coaching is about helping people clarify their visions and goals, then holding you accountable to that vision and goal. Coaching is about moving forward, leaving your past behind. Coaching is about reaching beyond your feelings of limitations and focus to achieve your goals, which is our goal. Our later years in life is about refocusing, regrouping and recharging! In conjunction to Life Coaching, Joanne speaks to groups, organizations, corporations, also does workshops and seminars.