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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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Written by Callie Revell

NACWE Member Spotlight: Jamie LeNoir

Jamie BeachJamie LeNoir believes the health of the body, mind, and soul are all interconnected. Her business, Active4Him, supports women in their health journeys through encouragement and affirming resources. She offers encouragement through blogs, bible studies, clever images, and fitness tips. “Jesus is the foundation behind the very personal focus of Active4Him,” Jamie said. “I am able to give to His women all He has given to me in the form of love, teaching, affirmation, and acceptance. My faith in Him allows me to step out in ways He calls me to that I would not do without a personal relationship with Jesus. I want to honor Him in all my decisions and, most importantly, in all the business relationships I encounter.”

Jamie Race MedalJamie has been a member of NACWE for over two years. She uses her NACWE membership to the fullest by taking advantage of all the resources offered. “I enjoy the expert webinars and amazing templates,” she said. “These tools have taught me how to be organized and focused.” Jamie has made multiple connections through NACWE that have helped her build her team, including her editor, publisher, and graphic artist. One of her favorite features of NACWE is the support and accountability available in the private Facebook group. “The highlight was my first conference, Blaze the Trail, and now the 90-day program to create my own association, along with personal business coaching,” she added.

Many words come to Jamie’s mind when she thinks about how NACWE has influenced her life over the past two years. “Focus, inspiration, affirmation, fun, prayer,” Jamie said. “Teaching me so much, with so much more to learn. I am able to support and cheer on others, ask questions related to business, and be transparent in asking for prayer in painful life experiences.” She Jamie Rock Bottom Bookhopes to see NACWE grow so others can benefit from the support she’s experienced. “I'd like to see core groups in every state, and I hope the group keeps the personal, interactive connection intact,” Jamie said. For those on the fence about joining NACWE, Jamie has words of encouragement. “Join yesterday!” she exclaimed. “You will love the sincere network connections and exposure to new opportunities to expand your faith and business.”

Trail Run 6.11.13Jamie’s journey as a female entrepreneur has taken her through highs and lows, and the lessons she’s learned so far have been invaluable and life-changing. “I wish I’d known how overwhelming it is—mentally, financially, and relationally!” she said. “But it is also so exciting, stimulating, and freeing to do your thing.” She adds that wise counsel and consistency is vital to growth and learning. Her favorite part of owning her own business is the opportunity for growth. “I love the freedom to give and grow in a way that is sincere,” Jamie said. “I am able to change and grow in my business as I change and grow in my life—this flexibility is inspiring and invigorating.”

As Jamie strives to encourage others, she finds encouragement in Hebrews 12:1: ". . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus . . ." She clings to this verse as she continues her journey towards her true calling. “I am so grateful to be in the race,” Jamie said, “and I want to encourage others to endure because of Jesus.”

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Written by Callie Revell

NACWE Member Spotlight: Karen Lindwall-Bourg

1_2333_WEBWhen Karen Lindwall-Bourg founded RHEMA Counseling Associates in 2007, she had no idea the next seven years would take her on a journey beyond anything she ever could have anticipated. RHEMA Counseling Associates biblical counseling center serving the Dallas area, and Karen has built it on the concept that collaborative, team-based counseling is the best approach for all of life's problems toward godly solutions. “We seek to be a companion for families in stress on a shared journey toward insight and inspiration,” Karen said. She began her career as a counselor in 1995 with a focus on grieving families. “I was greatly helped in support groups after the death of my young husband in 1993 when the children were seven, six, and four years old,” Karen remembered. “I wanted to offer that help to others who were struggling to live after loss.”

By the summer of 2013, though, Karen was ready to close her business and quit counseling altogether. “I'd been through a year-long battle with an associate of my organization which culminated in a dissolving of our relationship on all levels,” Karen said. “I was so shaken by this devastating turn of events that I was considering selling the counseling practice I had started in 2007.” Thankfully, she became connected with Diane over the internet. “I stumbled upon and joined a few NACWE Café webinars where I won a 90-day coaching program from Diane for October, November, and December,” Karen said. “After about the twenty-first day of this 90-day program, I was calling her asking her to help me save my business!”Logo thumbnail

Since then, RHEMA Counseling Associates has thrived, and Karen even cut the ribbon on brand-new facilities last year. She has also since founded her own association. “The Helping Professionals Alliance network was established just two months after I started working with Diane because I wanted to honor the Lord with other helping professionals as we led each other toward inspired growth in our businesses and ministries,” Karen said. “I wanted to—and actually couldn't not—share what I was learning in my coaching with Diane!” The HPA meets at live events every quarter to network and share knowledge with each other. They also host monthly webinars with experts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which help members expand their creativity and spark inspiration in their businesses and practices.

Over the past two years, Karen has absorbed countless tips and tools provided by NACWE. “One of the first things I did was devour Diane's Inspired Business Toolkit—there have been times that a fellow entrepreneur has asked Diane a question, and as she has given an explanation, I have jumped in with, ‘Hey, that's in your toolkit book on page 87!’” Karen also believes having a business coach has been a vital key to revitalizing her business and saving it from going under. “Working one-on-one with a business coach has held me accountable to be prepared to talk with her at least every other week about my progress, to share my frustrations and ask for new directions, to celebrate every milestone, and to seek to prioritize tasks and clarify my purpose within my organization,” Karen said.

large HPA Logo blackTo an extent, NACWE does the same thing—just on a larger scale. “Being part of the membership program has opened up a brand new world of friendships and creative ideas and encouragement to me,” Karen said. “Before joining this group, outside of my family and my own team of associates, I didn't know who to talk to and actually was afraid to talk to people in my own profession about what I was doing.” Now, she’s connecting with other professionals daily. NACWE has turned Karen’s world upside-down in the best way possible. "Unless you can do it on your own (have you yet?!), you need the community and encouragement offered by this amazing group of women under the expert leadership of Diane Cunningham!” Karen said. “The first year we worked together, our association did 2.4 times the business we did the year before. Whoo-hoo! I want to do that again! I have praised God for every moment we've spent together and look forward to the growth this next season brings."

Karen’s advice for other entrepreneurs includes treasuring Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” “I can build these businesses because He gives me strength to do what He has called me to do,” Karen said. She also urges others to seek help when needed and not to try to do everything alone. It’s a good thing to take advantage of the resources others offer. Finally, one mantra helps Karen stay focused when things feel overwhelming: “Just do the next right thing!”

For Karen, faith and business are irrevocably intertwined. “I believe we all have one purpose: to bring glory and honor to God,” Karen said. “Then, we all have specific and unique vocations and callings given to us by the Lord. In all that I do in both of my organizations, I try to remember that primary purpose and serve others in ways that point them to the Lord and what He has called us to do. It is a privilege and an honor to manage two organizations that focus primarily on the Lord and secondarily on encouraging each other. I and my team of associates are doubly encouraged by the clients and customers we serve!”

Encouraging each other is especially important in a group of women. “Being female means wearing many hats and being able to think of 1,001 issues all at the same time,” Karen said. “What a blessing, and yet, what a challenge! Some of the biggest challenges include clarifying what we've been called to do, prioritizing the tasks needed to serve others in ways that please the Lord, and moving forward one task at a time until a project is completed.” However, Karen refuses to get discouraged by any extra challenges she faces as a woman in business for herself. “My favorite part about being an entrepreneur is knowing each day that I am fulfilling the calling given to me by God and that I have freedoms to create an organization—an association according to my own gifts and talents and dreams!”

Overall, Karen finds encouragement from other like-minded professionals, other female entrepreneurs, and from scripture, specifically Jeremiah 29:11–14:1_2335_Web

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

“Remembering that God has good purposes for us in the most difficult times and in the most blessed times keeps me grounded and focused on building a business that honors Him,” Karen said.

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Written by Callie Revell

NACWE Member Spotlight: Joanne Kanute

Oct. 2010 012Joanne Kanute appreciates beauty in the world, especially when that beauty comes from the people around her. Using her skills with fashion and cosmetology, Joanne has founded a unique coaching business that supports the power of healthy self-image. Her business is split into two names: Unlimited Creations and Aging with Distinction. Both support the same ideal: that inner-beauty and outer-beauty can, and should, work together hand-in-hand. "Looking your best strengthens your self-image, a stronger self-image increases your self-esteem, and a greater self-esteem brings greater success, along with healthy aging," Joanne said. Her life philosophy is inspired by and based on biblical principles, specifically the concept of being created by God in His image. “He didn't make any mistake,” Joanne said. “He uniquely designed and formed each one of us. It is our job to maximize His creation!”

Joanne joined NACWE in February of 2015, hoping to find a “push forward” to give her business a much-needed boost. Since joining, she has overcome a key struggle holding her business back. “When I joined NACWE, I was an information junkie! I love to research and learn all that I can about the subject or issue at hand. However, I was stuck at the ‘gaining knowledge’ point. NACWE has helped me learn how to implement my knowledge.” One way she has learned implementation strategies is through helpful NACWE handouts like the Marketing Funnel, the Power Hour Daily Checklist, and the Marketing Schedule. “I am a goal-oriented person, so having the Power Hour Daily Checklist has been helpful by keeping me on task and moving forward with my day,” Joanne said. “Again, being a goal-driven, person the Marketing Schedule is a great planning tool, and it keeps me looking and planning ahead.”Oct. 2010 033

Joanne feels empowered as a female entrepreneur, and she wants to help other NACWE members feel the same way. “In the entrepreneur world, I feel like sometimes a female entrepreneur is viewed as weaker than male entrepreneurs,” Joanne said. “But with all of the support, information, and tools we gain through NACWE as entrepreneurs, we are on the cutting edge!” As Joanne learns to implement her knowledge, she is also learning the importance of sharing knowledge with others and being willing to receive it in return. “As we continue to gain knowledge, it moves us forward, gaining a great deal of satisfaction and career success,” Joanne said. “It's such a great feeling knowing we have impacted and been able to serve and help another person.”

Her advice for other entrepreneurs includes avoiding perfectionism. “Everything is not going to be perfect,” she said assuredly. “It's okay to make mistakes.” She reiterates that knowledge unimplemented is void and useless, like a rusty tool that sits on a shelf too long. She also encourages other entrepreneurs to appreciate the importance of networking. “Every person you meet is a potential client,” Joanne said. “Use your daily opportunities to help others.”

Oct. 2010 080Finally, she urges female entrepreneurs to join NACWE. “NACWE is a wealth of information and support,” she said. “Don't delay, join today; you will never be sorry!” As NACWE expands more and more each year, she sees it continuing to offer the support, encouragement, and knowledge she has grown to appreciate over the past four months.

One of Joanne’s favorite Bible verses as an entrepreneur is Galatians 5:13, which says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Her heart for serving others helps her thrive as a coach. Whatever success may come, though, Joanne knows it isn’t truly her business, after all. “Jesus is my boss,” Joanne said. “He is the one I work for! Knowing and holding onto that statement lifts the burdens of entrepreneurship off our shoulders. We just need to surrender and follow his lead. He will always lead us to success!”

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Written by Callie Revell

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