Excerpts from Embodied Grace: A Woman’s Path to Empowerment
By Jennifer Lonnberg, Christian Psychic
Embodied grace is freedom: Freedom from self- criticism; freedom from negative thinking; freedom from anxiety and worry. Embodied grace is embracing your truth; Embracing and loving your life; Embracing self awareness by doing what is right for you and letting go of what others think you should do. Embodied grace is claiming your worth; aligning with your purpose, setting your intentions, and moving in the clarity of knowing what you want.
What if I told you that you could be normal…average…ordinary; with no spectacular “story” AND still be successful? What if I told you that YOU have all you need to be successful already; but you just need to know how to unlock it?
If I asked you right now if you feel like something is missing in your life, how would you answer?
A few years ago, I felt like I wasn’t living my authentic purpose, and I felt guilty that I wanted more. I had a good life! Why would I want more? …But I did. I felt like something was missing and that made me feel terrible. I should have been completely happy! I have a hard-working hubby, awesome kids, the house and dog, cat and a fish! What do I have to complain about? And why did I feel so guilty that I wanted better. Isn’t that supposed to be part of the American dream? To have more money and wealth, to have whatever you want in life? I don’t mean it in a “keeping up with the Jones’” kind of way. I just mean in the hope and the dream of life just getting better and better as you go along.
If you are reading this, then you most likely there is something missing in your life. You are craving to be your authentic self, find empowerment and really live! Right?
Sometimes we get stuck living on auto-pilot and we don’t even know it! So how do we know if we are on auto-pilot?
Well, first of all, what are you doing each day to set intentions and grow?
Are you intentional about your life??What are your short term and long-term goals?
Do you even know what I mean by asking those questions? Because I didn’t…. if you’re like me, then you may not have realized until right this moment that you’re stuck in auto-pilot mode.
What I realized back then was that I had to be the one who decided to change things. I didn’t even realize that I was living life by default and routine. I was living the way I knew how and no one I knew had ever broken out of the mold of my kind of normal.
Here are 3 step to a new level of freedom:
1.) Decided to be intentional.
2.) Reveal your excuses.
3.) Establish what you want.
You can use this formula for ANY goal:
First of all, decide that you want to do something and then be intentional about it. (This step is sometimes overlooked. You have to decide to change before anything will actually change.)
What is it that you want? What is your goal?
(Remember that it is ok to start with what you don’t want, if you can’t start out saying I want….. For example, if you know you don’t want to feel crappy any more, then you can change that into: I want to feel good. My goal is to be healthier.)
What will that feel like when you have reached your goal? What are some details that will help you know that you have it??(For example, I will know I reached my goal when my stomach isn’t bloated, and I have lost ten pounds.)
What are action steps that I can take today towards my goal? (Think of a list of things that you could do to take steps toward your goal. In the example above my action steps were to make an appointment with the naturopath and do research about natural health. Whatever your action steps are, make sure that at least one of those steps you can do today. Once you make one small step the other steps become easier to see and follow!)
About the author:
Christian Psychic, Energy Healer, Speaker and Author of Embodied Grace, Jennifer Lonnberg struggled with the pain and debilitating anxiety that came from a life of negative thinking and self-doubt. Why are so many people unhappy? Why can life be so miserable? Is a life of joy and abundance unrealistic? Now, Jennifer is a leader in the self-discovery movement. She is passionate about sharing her story of transformation, and how anyone, regardless of their circumstances, and challenges can begin today to create the life they have always dreamed.
New organization to combine power of digital technology to end poverty with robust networks of women’s self-help groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America
Under the banner of Grameen Foundation the combined organization will be able to reach more people across the spectrum of poverty, while deepening the focus on the very poor, especially women, its leaders say.
“Our integration comes at an incredibly exciting time,” said Grameen Foundation President and CEO Steve Hollingworth. “Over the past twenty odd years, one billion people have been able to exit extreme poverty. As a combined organization, we have unprecedented opportunity to accelerate such changes, especially for the 800 million people still living in dire poverty and highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”
The mission of the combined organization is to “Enable the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger.” Its programs expand financial inclusion, enhance health, strengthen resilience and improve livelihoods for people in poor, rural communities around the world.
“There is a natural synergy between Freedom from Hunger’s focus on providing the world’s poorest women with self-help tools and Grameen Foundation’s expertise in digital innovation to end poverty,” said Kathleen Stack, the new Executive Vice President, Global Programs, of Grameen Foundation, and previously Interim President and CEO of Freedom from Hunger. “And we are committed to leveraging our combined strengths to make a big difference for the world’s poor.”
The union has the support of Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, whose microloans serve 8.6 million poor families. Although Grameen Bank and Grameen Foundation are independent entities, Professor Yunus was a founding member of Grameen Foundation’s Board of Directors and continues to serve as director emeritus.
“I congratulate Grameen Foundation as it continues to strengthen its impact against poverty and hunger. The integration of Freedom from Hunger, which has deep roots in microfinance and women’s empowerment, with Grameen opens new opportunities to empower women’s self-help groups and to build social businesses that benefit the poor,” Professor Yunus said.
Jane Pauley, noted television personality and co–Chair of Freedom from Hunger’s Ambassadors Council, said, “I am proud to congratulate Freedom from Hunger and Grameen Foundation on their union into one organization. We can look forward to more women and children living healthy lives that are rich with opportunity.”
Both organizations have roots in the earliest movements for microfinance, and today conduct programs that tackle poverty and hunger from multiple directions.
Grameen Foundation is a leader in digital innovation to end poverty. Its work in microfinance has enabled 23 million people to gain better access to microloans, savings accounts and other financial services, and its mobile agriculture tools have benefitted 470,000 smallholder farmers in countries of Africa and Latin America.
Freedom from Hunger is widely known for its innovative work with village-based women’s groups, delivering integrated health and financial services that include health education, financing and micro-insurance, linkages to health providers and access to health products. Today these programs reach five million women.
As part of the integrated Grameen Foundation, the new Board of Trustees draws half of its members from each organization. The combined organization will continue to strategically align its programs over the coming months.
Robert Eichfeld, co-Chair of the new board, points to an added significance of the organizations’ integration: “During this pivotal time in global development, the joining of our organizations highlights the opportunities for well-conceived partnerships to accelerate the fight against poverty and hunger.”
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About Grameen Foundation
Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that brings innovative and sustainable solutions to the fight against poverty and hunger. Together with local partners, it equips families, women, and smallholder farmers with resources and services that expand financial inclusion, strengthen resilience, enhance health and improve livelihoods. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Grameen Foundation, USA is a 501(c)(3) organization with offices in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It works in the Middle East and North Africa through Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Limited, a joint venture, and in India t hrough Grameen Foundation India, a wholly-owned subsidiary. For more information visit: http://www.grameenfoundation.org
About Freedom from Hunger
Established in 1946, Freedom from Hunger is recognized for fighting hunger with innovative self-help programs. In the 1970s, it began implementing Applied Nutrition Programs, focusing almost exclusively on the health and nutrition of mothers and children. In 1989, Freedom from Hunger developed the world’s first integrated microcredit/health and nutrition education program. Freedom from Hunger is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and will continue to function as a charitable organization that exclusively supports the newly combined Grameen Foundation. For more information visit http://www.freedomfromhunger.org
Investing in women is one key to ending world poverty. In 2015, it was estimated that over 700 million people globally live below the poverty line of $1.90 per day according to the World Bank. The Women Economic Forum (WEF), hosted by All Ladies League (ALL), is committed to changing that alarming statistic by educating women during their annual conference in May.
Hundreds of attendees will gather in New Delhi, India for this year’s event. During the seven day international movement, global leaders will convene to exponentially enhance women’s economic progression and leadership skills so they can become active change agents in society.
The WEF is more than just a conference. It is a powerful forum representing the global gathering of heart centered women uniting with a common goal: Supporting all women through education, togetherness, and partnerships so they can become economically independent. There are over 400 sessions covering almost 30 different tracks such as business development, technology, fashion, art, health, peace, innovation, and more.
Among the influencers speaking at the conference is Nancy Gaines, CEO of Gain Advantages, Inc., business productivity expert, consultant, and best-selling author. She will be a lead speaker sharing Helping Women Starting a Start Up and a panelist for two other sessions on networking and empowerment. “I am honored to be part of this amazing event and look forward to assisting global women who are ready to launch their own businesses,” said Gaines.
The WEF annual event continues to grow every year as All Ladies League consistently delivers an amazing experience for the attendees. As the world’s largest all-inclusive international women’s chamber, ALL has over 20,000 members in 450 global chapters spanning 75 countries. Their vision is to seamlessly connect women from all strata of society, all spheres of work and cultures, and all parts of the world.
The full conference agenda and registration information can be found at: http://www.wef.org.in. Every day includes multiple educational sessions, special cultural events, and guest appearances by international dignitaries and celebrities. In addition to Gaines, Dame Shellie Hunt, founder of The Women of Global Change (WGC) and Dr. Natalie Forest, CEO of Natalie Forest International, will be lead speakers and panelists at the forum. This trio of women will also be speaking together in Yucatán Mexico in July at the WGC International Adventure Summit.
In addition to attending the conference, all international delegates are invited to Discover India with optional trips to New Delhi, Puttaparti Ashram via Bangalore, or Ahmedabad Gujarat. Each travel itinerary provides a different perspective of the geography and culture in India, allowing the country to showcase some of their favorite destinations to visitors.
About Nancy Gaines
Nancy Gaines spent almost two decades consulting to major Fortune 100 companies including Shell Oil, Clorox, AIG Insurance, IBM, Office Max, and more. She is an engaging speaker, best-selling author, international podcaster, and top business consultant. She has had the opportunity to share the stage with other top business experts who inspire and speak globally. She launched three of her own companies and now helps people move their business from overwhelm to overwhelming results – consistently. As the Founder and CEO of Gain Advantages, she created proven programs to help people get even more powerful business results quickly. More about Nancy Gaines can be found at http://www.nancygaines.com/
A study indicating why British women don’t workout as much as they’d prefer surely reflects the sentiments of American women, says celebrity trainer Holly Perkins.
The research revealed that 75 percent of women in the United Kingdom want to exercise more, but they’re discouraged for fear of being judged by others. The women surveyed worried about how they would look while exercising in front of others, their inexperience in personal fitness and the idea that they’re putting themselves first, ahead of their children.
“Whether she’s a stay-at-home mom, a busy executive or somewhere in the middle, these are concerns most women have about fitness,” Perkins says. “I believe this reflects their self-image, and it’s a shame that so many women live their lives short-changing themselves.”
Even today, most fitness programs women come across neglect important parts of the average woman’s mindset, she says. Many gyms have spinning and other classes targeting women, but they lack the comprehensive aspect so many women are searching for, she says.
“There are plenty of women who frequent gyms, but I think the culture of most of those places are framed by a male-dominated attitude, which is more comfortable blocking out ‘gym time’ in their schedule,” says Perkins, who recently released a home-exercise system designed specifically for women called baladea (www.baladea.com), with regimens she developed to fuse fitness and wellness exercises.
“I believe a woman’s attitude craves a more holistic approach, one in which overall well-being is factored into a how-to lifestyle program.”
Perkins describes what works for women in a fitness program.
• Fun. “No pain, no gain” is definitely a man’s attitude. As women, we are not afraid of a healthy muscle burn, sweating and commitment – we’re designed to carry babies for nine months, and then deliver them, after all. However, we are much more relationship-oriented, and we thrive in positive feelings. The way to a woman’s heart in fitness is fun.
• Purpose. For men who workout, the activity is almost a purpose in itself. There is a sense of accomplishment in lifting heavy weights and “gettin’ it done.” Women want to shine; we want to look and feel like we never felt possible. We want to be in touch with who we are, and fitness synergized with overall well-being can do that.
• Steps. It’s good for anyone starting a fitness program to have a blueprint for what they’d like to achieve, and steps for improvement along the way. For those who are inexperienced, an introduction and detailed plan enables time for the mind to ease into the process. Confusion or uncertainty is a waste of energy, and implementing new workout phases allows women to maximize our effort.
• Synergy. If you think women don’t need weights, think again. Resistance band training increases your power and revs your body’s fat-burning engine. We also want to be lithe, supple and physically elegant. Yoga helps us reshape trouble zones, and something I call “flow” optimizes flexibility and beautifies posture. And, when we are done, we can enjoy a calm that reinforces our motive for inner and outer beauty, leaving us with an energizing relaxation.
About Holly Perkins
Holly Perkins is a national fitness expert and developer of baladea (www.baladea.com), a customizable fitness and wellness system for women. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), one of the most prestigious certifications in the industry. She believes that making fitness a fun lifestyle is the best way to achieve true change. As one of the nation’s leading weight-loss experts and a highly sought-after celebrity trainer, she has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and on national TV shows.