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.”


Written by Callie Revell

The Power of a Healthy Image

yellow-flowerBy Joanne R Kanute BCMCLC, CIM


What does a healthy image mean to you? What is self-image, and how does it affect our lives? Self-image is how you see yourself and what you believe other people think about you. This is not always the truth of what others believe about you, but it is what you believe matters right now.

Research shows low self-esteem and self-image is highly linked with depression and suicide. (Psychology Today magazine states 20% of the American people are being treated for depression.) US News states US suicides hit the highest rate in 25 years, now 12.8%. James Dobson states, “Lack of self-esteem can actually extinguish the desire to go on living.”

God created you in His image. Learn how to maximize that creation! Each and every one of us is beautiful in our own unique way. We all have a purpose, and we all have a story. Make the best of your life; only you can do that! The best investment you will ever make is you!

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!

Developing a positive self-image is an inside job. It requires acceptance, forgiveness, and willingness to let go of your past and recognize your strengths and inner-beauty. Once we feel good on the inside and develop a positive self-image, we can work on the outside. Your self-image influences your esteem and is acquired during childhood. It includes personality, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and physical appearance.

Though we acquire our self-image and self-esteem during our childhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t strive to change! Many of us lived through an unpleasant childhood, giving us little to no self-worth. I was told throughout my childhood I was fat, ugly, and would never amount to anything. I lived through it and choose not to put myself through that lifestyle anymore, and only I can change my future!

“Feeling good about yourselves may in fact, be the cornerstone of our total well-being.”
—Barnett Baruch and Rivers, The Secret of Self Esteem

You must learn to accept what you can change and live happily with what you cannot change. Let’s look at some of the ways we can learn to change:joannelogo

  • Personal Image
  • Build Stronger Self-Esteem
  • Social Image
  • Emotional Image
  • Psychological Image
  • Environmental Image
  • Wellness Goals

My mission is to help women strengthen their self-esteem! Through a series of coaching sessions, we address many issues impacting our self-image, which affects our self-esteem. Some of the topics we work together on are building a strong and confident personal appearance, self-care, goals, self-acceptance, communication, rejection, attitude, taking charge of your life, and much more!

Seven out of ten Americans said physical appearance is important in terms of happiness, social life, and the ability to get ahead. Brian Tracy, author of The Psychology of Achievement, stated, “Many capable men and women are disqualified from job opportunities because they simply do not look the part.”

“If I could write a prescription for the women of the world, I would provide each of them with a healthy dose of self-esteem and personal worth . . . I have no doubt that this is their greatest need.”
—James Dobson

How do you feel about your self-image? What would you change if you could change one thing?



Oct. 2010 012For the past 32 years, Joanne Kanute has worked in the fashion, hair industry, and personal presentation field. She believes each person has their own individual beauty, and looking good on the outside is what makes people want to look inside to see what you are all about. Joanne is a Certified Master Image Consultant, Board Certified Master Certified Life Coach, and a licensed Cosmetologist. She is a member of the Association of Image Consultants International, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the International Christian Coaching Association.

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.


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!”


Written by Callie Revell

The 7 Types of People Successful Kingdom Entrepreneurs Avoid

by Sabine Brandt

Did you know that cucumbers thrive when planted near bush beans but choke when planted near potatoes? Did you also know that carrots and strawberries make good neighbors but don’t get along with onions?*

This knowledge base is referred to as “companion planting,” and it is vital information to any gardener who wants to yield a rich harvest of fruits and vegetables.

You are probably wondering, “What does gardening have to do with my business?”

I recently read a quote by Lance Wallnau that likened his readers’ lives to a garden they have been called to steward. He cautioned that letting the wrong folks into one's garden carries the same potential for disaster as the serpent’s presence in the Garden of Eden.

Just like fruit and vegetables that either thrive or choke when put in the same environment, our business growth can be greatly accelerated or hampered depending on the kind of people with whom we surround ourselves.

Let’s take a closer look at the types of companions you invite to join your entrepreneurial journey that can impact your success, either positively or negatively.

  1.  The Tag-Along – frequently wants to “pick your brain” for free; wants to ride the wave of your success and benefit from your hard work without giving anything in return.
  2. The Moocher – asks you to contribute to building his or her empire in exchange for “exposure” rather than compensation; often funds self-serving projects by selling you opportunities to participate for a fee.
  3. The Know-It-All – constantly makes you feel ill-informed and incompetent; loves to seed doubt about the direction and potential of your business.
  4. The Copy-Cat – never has an original idea and loves to steal yours before you can even utter the word “implementation”.
  5. The Fake – acts happy for your success but is secretly jealous and, quite honestly, would love to see you fail; may possibly even try to sabotage and discredit you behind your back.
  6. The Negative Nelly – seriously lacks optimism and puts down every idea you share; prophesies your failure as inevitable and rarely dares to pursue his or her own dreams.
  7. The Surface Dweller – loves to say, “We should have coffee sometime.” yet never actually comes through; creates the appearance of having real relationships but really only cares about his or her own success.

There you have it: the profiles of the seven most destructive and distracting types of people you may encounter as you go about building your business. Be on the lookout for them and don’t invite them to grab hold of your mind, your schedule, or, for goodness sake, your wallet. And if by chance you discover that one of them has found a way to sneak in, take action immediately!

On the flip side, find and cultivate relationships with people who will share your vision, pray for you, encourage you, be loyal to you, and believe in a mutual exchange of resources and collaboration. God knows who they are. If you haven’t already found them, ask Him to send them your way!

In biblical terms:

  • 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character."
  • Proverbs 24:6, “Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

If you are looking for a true partner in success who will be there for you as you grow your business and support you every step of the way, I invite you to schedule a complimentary “Next Level Business Growth” strategy session with me.



248617_4584383280339_1748792940_nSabine Brandt is president of Nobility Coaching and Consulting, Inc., and a certified business expert with nearly two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader. Sabine delights in teaching her clients at how to create small businesses that not only provide financial freedom, but also a deep fulfillment of serving others and contributing to God’s greater plan.  In addition, Sabine serves as an executive coach and consultant to large organizations that wish to improve their operational processes and enhance their leadership capabilities.