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NACWE Member Spotlight: Heidi Kleine

DSC_5855-EditHeidi Kleine knows as well as anyone the struggles women face in a busy and stressful world. After years of feeling overweight, overwhelmed, and over-exerted, Heidi was ready to make a change for the better. She went on to transform her life by improving her physical and emotional wellness. Now, Heidi runs Worth It Woman, her practice as a Certified Professional Success Coach. She uses her coaching practice to encourage women to achieve their dreams through ambitious, realistic goals and strategies. “Worth it Woman empowers women to shine,” Heidi said. Through her writing, speaking, and coaching, Heidi helps women uncover their big dreams and shatter the obstacles and challenges in their way.

Heidi believes an important aspect of her business is using her personal experiences to foster empathy with her clients. “I love using the challenges and experiences of my life to help other women,” Heidi said. She enjoys the flexibility that comes with the life of an entrepreneur, and she balances her time between taking care of herself, her family, and her business. She depends on her faith for the wisdom to accomplish that balance. “Faith plays a huge role in my business,” Heidi said. “The Holy Spirit guides my words and actions and gives me the confidence to address the issues my clients face. Being an entrepreneur and a relational service provider is not an easy thing. It can be emotionally and spiritually draining. My faith keeps me grounded.”

Worth-It-Woman-NormalAnother way she stays grounded is through her involvement with NACWE. Heidi joined NACWE in the fall of 2013 after attending two of Diane’s monthly webinars. “I felt am immediate connection to these sisters in Christ living their callings and supporting one another,” Heidi said. To her, NACWE is a safe place to express her ideas, knowing she will be held accountable and be encouraged in return. She also values the tools NACWE provides each week. “The most important gift for my business has been the connections and resources,” Heidi said. “Diane also ‘blazes the trail’ for us. She lets us in on the backside to see how things are done. She even lets us see the bloopers to help us learn from her mistakes.”

DSC_5862-EditOverall, Heidi knows her business wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of her NACWE sisters. “NACWE has transformed my business and my life,” Heidi said. “It has given me the confidence and tools to truly step into my calling.” She hopes to see NACWE grow even more in the coming years. Since she lives in North Carolina, she would love to put down roots for NACWE in the eastern United States. “I look forward to participating in leadership of a local chapter,” Heidi said. “I’d like to see groups all over the country.”

Her advice for new entrepreneurs comes in three parts. First, she encourages new entrepreneurs to be patient because launching a new business takes time. Second, don’t be intimidated by the initial investment, and don’t expect results without it. Finally, pick and choose your resources. “It is easy to get distracted by too many coaches, ideas, programs,” Heidi said. “Find one or two that really resonate with you, and then tune out the rest.” One additional piece of advice from Heidi: join NACWE! “Make the investment,” she said. “You are worth it! NACWE is worth it. When you do, dive in full force. Take advantage of every opportunity that NACWE offers. Get the most out of your membership.”3D Worth it

As a female entrepreneur, Heidi has overcome many obstacles and faced the unknown head-on. For encouragement, she clings to Joshua 1:9:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

This verse reminds Heidi that she is never alone in her business pursuits, and she never needs to be afraid. “I go back to that verse as a mantra in my head almost every day,” she said.

 

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Written by Callie Revell

Brave

10816049_10204447053409102_1709005414_nBeing brave has been a theme of mine this year, and, boy, has it been on my mind this week. We are in Florida doing the theme park thing with our two youngest daughters one more time. We all have the sense this might be the last trip here for a while, so we want to be sure to do and see all of our favorites.

My youngest daughter has had a fear of roller coasters. I totally get it. I’ve been afraid of them all my life, so our plan was that she and I would hang out while Dad and big sister rode them. No worries, right?

Well, the first time we split up, I sensed this wasn’t working well for my daughter. She kept talking about all the reasons it was okay not to ride. Finally, I looked at her and said, “What’s really going on here?” I had the sense she was feeling like she was going to regret this missed opportunity. I was right. As tears streamed down her face, she said she didn’t want to always wonder if she would have loved it. So, wonderful Mom that I am, we linked arms and headed for the Dueling Dragons.

You know, it was pretty fun.

This experience has mirrored my life in my business this year. It all started with my decision to attend the Catching Fire conference this February. I remember at the end of the first morning session, Diane played “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. As I stood listening to the words and looking around the room, tears streamed down my face. I knew it was time to be brave. I knew I wanted it more than anything else for myself. I was tired of being scared. I was tired of playing small. It was time to take a leap of faith, and I did. It has been a wild roller coaster ride ever since. Lots of ups and downs, but no regrets.

So, are you ready? Is it time to get in line? A wild ride awaits with a little bravery.

Heidi is offering a special Christmas bonus this year: Sweet Control December. If you struggle to stay committed to your healthy lifestyle choices this month, join her for support, education, and fellowship. Click HERE for more information.

 

HKC11.26.12 041Heidi Kleine is an inspirational speaker, author, coach, and Christian Faith Formation professional. Her motto for life is Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Faith. Mother to four beautiful daughters, Heidi spent years living in a state of overwhelm, overweight, and over commitment, all while being undernourished physically and spiritually. By embracing the Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Faith motto, she was able to transform her life, losing over 100 pounds (and keeping it off) and starting a coaching practice to share her insights with other women who find themselves stuck. Learn more about Heidi at www.heidikleinecoaching.com.

 

 

Are You Wearing Someone Else’s Armor?

 

Armor_HeidiThis summer, I was responsible for an intergenerational Sunday school class looking at classic Bible stories. The idea was to take the classic stories we remember from our childhood Vacation Bible School days and look at them from different perspectives. My favorite was the class I taught on David and Goliath. You know the classic: little David fells the giant Goliath with a single stone from his sling. It is a classic underdog story. When you look closely, though, there is so much more to the story. One particular element has had me thinking all summer.

When David tells King Saul with confidence that he will go forward into battle, King Saul dismisses him for a variety of rational reasons. David is persistent. He trusts God’s plan for the people of Israel. He knows he will succeed. King Saul finally agrees, but the first thing he does is insist David borrow the king’s armor. After all, who would send an unprotected young boy into an epic battle like this? David concedes and puts on the armor. He soon realizes that he is unable to move. The armor is too heavy. So, he removes it and goes forward to slay the giant with the tools that are familiar to him.

There is a lesson for us as businesswomen in this story. How often do we approach our businesses wearing someone else’s armor—using their tools—when we don’t really feel comfortable? We see or hear that things need to be a certain way and start to doubt our authentic selves. We forget the unique set of gifts that God gave each one of us and try to be someone else.

Step back, and look at your business. Are you being true to your God-given mission? Have you allowed the ideas and suggestions of others to change what you are offering? Is your authentic voice clear in all that you do and say? Take a lesson from David, and don’t try to go into battle wearing someone else’s armor.

 

HKC11.26.12 041Heidi Kleine is an inspirational speaker, author, coach, and Christian Faith Formation professional. Her motto for life is Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Faith. Mother to four beautiful daughters, Heidi spent years living in a state of overwhelm, overweight, and over commitment, all while being undernourished physically and spiritually. By embracing the Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Faith motto, she was able to transform her life, losing over 100 pounds (and keeping it off) and starting a coaching practice to share her insights with other women who find themselves stuck. Learn more about Heidi at www.heidikleinecoaching.com.

Just a Vessel

 

Anyone else here a fan of the TV show Nashville? I have to admit, it is one of my guilty pleasures. I love the chance to escape once a week into the lives of these broken characters and see what their next round of mistakes will be. This spring, the season ended with a song that has resonated with me since the first moment I heard the words. One of the characters has decided that the music industry is just too tough. She is giving up and heading home. Her friend and songwriting partner doesn’t want her to go. The chorus of the song he writes for her is

But what if you’re just a vessel and God gave you something special?
It ain’t yours to throw away.

I was immediately stuck by these words and thought of our businesses.

Being an entrepreneur is tough. If you are like me, you are constantly battling the voices of doubt and fear of failure that come from both inside and out. Being an entrepreneur requires an authenticity and vulnerability that can be really scary. Someone once compared it to standing naked on a street corner. But what if you are just a vessel and God gave you something special? How does it change things to see your business in that light? If you see yourself as the instrument to share a message that God has given you, how can you throw it away? Suddenly, you are not revealing your own nakedness; you are sharing God’s message. He’s got your back.

This hits home in a special way this month as I get ready to throw my Rock Bottom story out to the world in our book, Rock Bottom is a Beautiful Place. More than just our businesses, God gave us our experiences—the good, the bad and the rock bottom. There is a lesson for each of us in our own rock bottom and in what we learn from others. Each experience is part of a grand plan to grow each of us into who we are today. Our stories happen for a reason. Our sense that it is time to share these stories happened for a reason as well. God gave you something special, it ain’t yours to throw away. For me, this means it is time to obey that call. It is time to set aside my fear and my pride and let the world see what God has given me. It is His message, not mine. What has He given you? Are you doing all that He is asking you to do with it?

But what if you’re just a vessel and God gave you something special?
It ain’t yours to throw away.

HKC11.26.12 041Heidi Kleine is an inspirational speaker, author, coach, and Christian Faith Formation professional. Her motto for life is Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Faith. Mother to four beautiful daughters, Heidi spent years living in a state of overwhelm, overweight, and over commitment, all while being undernourished physically and spiritually. By embracing the Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Faith motto, she was able to transform her life, losing over 100 pounds (and keeping it off) and starting a coaching practice to share her insights with other women who find themselves stuck. Learn more about Heidi at www.heidikleinecoaching.com