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Success Stories with Soul
POWER. PASSION. PURPOSE.
Do you ever observe successful women, and believe you can never do what they've done? You might think, "I'm not as smart or qualified, I don't have the time or money, they've had more advantages."
Every woman in this book deeply understands challenge, and some have experienced almost unspeakable pain and hardship. The common thread that runs through all their stories is a decision to learn, heal, and collaborate with others to successfully move forward. They are sharing their real and relatable stories so you can see how it's possible to live your women dream.
You are a WOW Woman Of Worth and you are absolutely glorious!
"Hell Yes! You can absolutely be a s successful entrepreneur who's on purpose, passionate, powerful and profitable. WOW is an empowerment rockstar and guides the way."
Isabelle Mercier - CEO of LeapZone Strategies and Host of Leap TV
"This book clearly demonstrates that combining business with a passionate heart and soul is a powerful testament to success and the empowered leadership of women."
Candace Newton Chaput - Founder, Unlocking Secrets For Women
Great women empower other women to be great, and behind every successful woman is a tribe of other women who have her back. It's time to Get WOWed.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Successful women are rarely born that way. Almost every empowered CEO, manager, entrepreneur, and “motherpreneur” I’ve known has come from humble beginnings and, sometimes, almost unspeakable pain and suffering.
The How of WOW to Now
“Great women empower other women to be great.”
Chocolate is a vegetable, because it comes from a bean.” This is just one of many outrageous statements you’ll hear from Christine Awram (while wearing a pink tiara) as she encourages women to question any of their beliefs that limit an empowered, joyful, and successful life.
She’s the founder of Woman Of Worth WOW Worldwide and is a dynamic speaker, author, visionary, and philanthropist. Christine radiates vitality with her indomitable spirit and humour. Yet her earlier years began as a teenage runaway who experienced addiction, illness and depression. She inspires others by sharing the specific strategies she used to move from futility to fulfillment, and how she transformed challenges into passion and purpose.
Christine’s commitment to the empowered leadership of women resulted in her being honoured with the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Global Women’s Summit. She has personally inspired over 10,000 women through her WOW events, has published six #1 bestselling books in the past three years, and believes she is just getting warmed up.
From “Why Me” to “What For”
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”
Social entrepreneur and athlete Crystal Flaman’s personal mission in life is to make a difference in the world. She has raised over $1.4 million for various charities, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and Room To Read through her work and athletic endeavors. She is an eleven-time Ironman finisher, a two-time 273 km ultra-marathoner finisher and has cycled across Canada with her twin sister on the first tandem bike to cross the country. She has also twice completed the second hardest footrace in the world – a 273 km multi-day, self-supported running race that goes through the Utah desert and over mountains.
Crystal is the owner of DIVA Retreats, the Kelowna International Hostel, and Inspiring Success Services Inc. She speaks around the world, inspiring audiences to reach their potential and achieve greater success and fulfillment in business and in life. She’s the creator of “Imagine The Ripple Effect,” The 90 Day Intentional Living Challenge and has recently written “Living The Dream (Simple Ideas To Live A Long, Healthy and Happy Life).” She’s currently writing “A Secret Dream” in honour of the secret dreams in each of us.
Crystal’s ultimate purpose in life is to inspire others to discover their own unique gifts and talents and share them with the world. She believes that as we move from success towards significance and from making money to what matters, share our innate talents, and listen to our intuition, we may find true joy, happiness, and fulfillment. She also believes that health is of utmost importance and that it’s time to put our health first so that we may be able to live the long, healthy, and happy life we dream of and hope for.
The Creative Entrepreneur
“Begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
A thirty-five-year veteran of the advertising, communication, and marketing business, Diane works directly with clients to determine their vision, objectives, and desired results. She then writes up the marketing strategy and her team helps her produce stellar creative projects for both traditional and digital media. No matter whether your business is local or global, small or big, retail or corporate, Diane has the experience and depth to lead the way.
Diane has won many awards for her work, including the International Silver Summit Award for Online Marketing Effectiveness, the Visioneers International Network Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ethics In Action for Community Care, and the Best Business Award from the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.
Ever pursuing her creative and spiritual side, Diane recently became a Reverend focused on A Course in Miracles with CIMM – Canadian International Metaphysical Ministries. Her new book, “Turn Your World Upside Down To Get Your Life Right Side Up: Reverse Thinking Based On A Course In Miracles,” and the accompanying e-workbook, “SOULutions: Putting Reverse Thinking Into Day-to- Day Practise,” will be out in 2018.
Receive a free e-book titled “Ready, Aim, Fire: The Keys To Unlocking Business Creativity,” and listen to a free webinar titled “The 10 A’s for Awesome Marketing Success” on her Creative Wonders website.
The Tip of the Iceberg
“What do you plan to do with the rest of your wild and precious life?”
Gilly is an intuitive bodymind healer, sensitive empath, grassroots philanthropist, outdoor enthusiast, tough broad, fierce competitor, team player, fast driver, adventurer, bicycle commuter, and passionate conversationalist who has an expertise and depth of being that you will benefit from. She is a firm, fair, and loving mother and stepmother and a fun-loving, active wife.
Gilly works with the interrelation of body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit. No part of you is left out of your wellness equation. She is a Certified Rubenfeld Synergist, with a background in education, psychology, and nursing, and has worked in the field of wellness for over twenty years.
Using her finely-tuned and highly sensitized body/brain/heart instrument, Gilly facilitates healing for others by helping them access and release unseen and unspoken traumas and challenges that keep them unfulfilled. She moves people towards living comfortably in their skin by shining the light under water so they can discover the rest of their iceberg, melt the fear, and live the range of beauty within.
In addition to her private practice and online courses, she presents workshops and lectures in Canada and the USA. Her method of delivering experiential and intellectual content ensures you will “get it from the inside out.”
Discover How Your Body Talks
“Let your past go, and follow your bliss just for the health of it.”
Karen’s experiences of tuning in to her physical sensations became a resource of information for her evolution. A level of communication with herself and others developed because she began listening to her body to help her understand who she is and what’s important to her!
Karen’s curiosity about the human body drives her passion. Having worked with clients individually and in workshops for over twenty years, she helps people develop their self-help skills in order to attend to their body and find the practitioners they need to support their wellbeing.
She has learned it’s possible to open the door to healing from the inside out. She recognizes the benefits of investing in herself and embraces the magic and mystery of living fulfilled in the life that she has been gifted with.
Karen was Pilates Certified in 1995 and over the years taken classes in many modalities of self-care. She combines these with skills learned in Osteopathic studies in her private practice. She continues to expand her circle of influence to include workshops and speaking engagements where she teaches you how to resource the information your body offers to you, realize what’s important to you, understand what you value, and communicate this to the world.
Karen wants to embolden you to learn about your body, educate you about how to make choices to care for your body, and inspire you to take action and invest in your birthright of physical, emotional, and nutritional health and well-being.
The Unbridled Soul
“I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear, “I’m not screwing around. It’s time.”
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As “lead mare” at Wisteria Acres Wellness & Retreats and The Unbridled Soul, Krista partners with her herd of horses to guide those who are called to explore the deeper callings of their soul at her retreat center just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As an intuitive Life Coach and Equine Guided Facilitator, Krista is passionate about supporting and empowering her clients to be courageous and powerful co-creators of their lives.
Krista offers online coaching services for those unable to join her at her retreat center as well as in-person private horse wisdom sessions, group workshops, and private or group retreats. She also welcomes groups, offering meditation, yoga, healing, self-development, corporate retreats, and writers and artists groups looking for an idyllic venue to host their events.
The Genius of ADHD
“Imperfection is beauty, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than to be boring.”
Lee-Ann Davenport – owner, visionary, serial entrepreneur, and now author and speaker – currently operates two companies in separate industries.
LA Home Staging Painting + Design was developed in 2011 when Lee-Ann decided to pursue a dream job in the field of interior design as a home stager and by also entering the market as an interior painter. Lee-Ann’s attention to detail and an “eye for design” is what makes her stand out. Her success as a stager, interior stylist, colour consultant, and painter is built from a reputation that exceeds client expectations.
LA Lifestyles was originally a personal fitness training business which Lee-Ann started in 1989 as she pioneered through an unknown career at the time. She has just recently rebranded and is transitioning her company to specialize in teaching Somatic Yoga along with private training for people who live with pain and other health ailments. Her approach to health and wellness is backed by thirty-five years of experience in the health and fitness industry and has renewed her passion for teaching people who value having an active lifestyle, a strong body and mind, and living well in balance and harmony.
New to her repertoire of becoming an author and speaker, Lee-Ann is an advocate on ADHD, pain management, and somatics. She believes it is vitally important to inform, educate, and empower women, and has made it her mission to teach people how to advocate for themselves and be experts on their own minds and bodies. We are unique individuals who can make a difference in achieving the ultimate goal in life: happiness!
Woman of Value – No Matter What
“Only through experience can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared and success achieved.”
Mary Pichette is the only individual in Canada who is certified by Life Skills Training Centres Canada Ltd. as a Master Trainer of Life Skills Coaches. This represents a seven-year study of group process and a three-year residency in conducting Life Skills Training Groups. Mary has trained over 400 Life Skills Coaches, Family Management Counsellors, and Human Relations Group Facilitators. She has worked with over 2000 individuals, teaching them skills in how to have healthy relationships and how to effectively solve their people problems. She is highly regarded for her training, speaking, and seminars. Past students are highly satisfied with her skills as a trainer and have had very successful outcomes in their own lives as a result of the training they received.
Mary has taught criminology at colleges and universities in BC and Alberta, opened some of the first transition houses in Canada, and trained the first volunteers in Canada to work sexual assault crisis lines. As Executive Director of Servants Anonymous Society, she responded very effectively to the first calls for help for highly publicized cases of rescued human trafficking victims from across Canada. Today, Mary is asked to consult and speak to the issues
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in women
Experiential learning and its relevance to recovery from mental illness in women
Life Skills Coach Training
Creating, nurturing and sustaining whole and healthy relationships
How to relate effectively in every personal interaction
How to effectively solve Interpersonal problems leading to improved relationships
Human trafficking across Canada and Western U.S.
First Nations learning outcomes
From Finance to Fitness
“Successful people have always found a mentor on their path to success.”
Mary has always enjoyed an active lifestyle and feels very fortunate to have lived in places where there are abundant opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation. Health, fitness, and the joy of movement have always been her passion, and she started teaching group fitness classes at the age of eighteen.
The most difficult times in her life revolved around health issues. By facing and overcoming these challenges, Mary has gained a wealth of knowledge about how to obtain optimal wellness and be fit, healthy, and happy. She has learned that her purpose and passion in life is to inspire and educate others who are wanting to make positive changes in their health and fitness.
In 1999, Mary decided to become an entrepreneur and opened the Esprit de Core Fitness Studio in Ambleside, West Vancouver. With over forty years of teaching fitness, Mary has selected Pilates, CoreAlign, and the MELT Method to be the programs she specializes in. The results are impressive and Mary practices what she preaches. With her guidance and support, Mary's clients benefit from better posture, restored movement, reduced pain and stiffness, and improved overall fitness, flexibility, and balance. She believes that even small improvements can be beneficial and that it is never too late to start!
Mary is blessed to live and work in West Vancouver. She is a keen gardener who loves good food, dancing, and travel. She believes in a positive attitude, learning, and having fun, and that KNOWLEDGE combined with ACTION are the keys to success!
Design and Life
“Good design is capturing the spirit of the client in the soul of the space.”
Michelle Bernier has loved interior design since she was a child, and is in her natural element when she is designing and creating amazing spaces for her clients. She has been in the renovation and design business for over ten years and has proven that she can deliver a beautiful finished project. Her clients love her innovative ideas and fresh approach to decorating and design.
Michelle’s constant pursuit for excellence, design, and innovation, coupled with her affinity for using Canadian products, make her a well-sought- after designer. Michelle also has strong personal values and is loyal to her clients, friends, suppliers and to the underprivileged in her community. She is passionate that design should be beautiful, functional, and unique to you.
Her husband, Rey, and her two beautiful children, James and Anaiyah, have enhanced her creativity for making spaces beautiful throughout the years.
Her company, Michelle Dupré Design & Company, is a one-stop design shop for all of your project needs, from cabinetry to tiles, paint, wallpaper, flooring, fabrics and more. She has taught design to many students and plans to create more design classes as part of her business model.
Opening Your Pandora’s Box
“Shine the light of truth into dark places to bring understanding, dissolve fear, and find peace and healing.”
Ever asked yourself or wondered “why am I sick?” or “is my body trying to tell me something?” or “why do patterns keep repeating in my life?” The answer to these questions is what fascinates Dr. Nelie. Her passion is to help people find their own answers and create possibilities for greater health and happiness.
As a family physician for over thirty years who is trained in mind-body- emotional healing, she brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to every private or group encounter. She has a special interest in helping women facing breast cancer to move past fear and despair toward understanding and empowerment in their own healing and well-being. She has produced a DVD, entitled “It’s Time to Heal Breast Cancer – going from surviving to healing,” to support them.
At a time when there is much fear around cancer and other diseases, Dr. Nelie has much good news to share. In 2010 she was the creator and co-organizer of the May 1st Forum “It’s Time to Heal,” which explored an expanded disease model and an integrative approach to treating illness. She was also a presenter along with Dr. Bruce Lipton, internationally known author of “The Biology of Belief” and expert on the impact of thoughts, emotions and beliefs on physiology.
A proud second-generation Vancouverite, Dr Nelie is an avid traveller and active outdoors woman. She is most appreciative of the healing balm of time spent in nature. Dr Nelie is currently writing a book. She welcomes you to contact her for private consultations and speaking engagements.
“Everything happens for a reason and as it should.”
Sandra Fikus is the owner of South Surrey Medical Clinic and Sereno Wellness and Spa. She was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago, and after completing years of treatment – which included eight surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, a mastectomy and reconstruction – she discovered alternative ways to help herself through each recovery. Her first thought of opening a wellness center came to her while going through these treatments.
Her vision has evolved into being an innovator in the medical and wellness field, specializing in women’s health and using the latest technologies.
From Shadows to Sparkles
“Well I'm just like Patsy, I got my sparkle back again”
Stephanie is the Jewellery Designer/Owner and Sparkle Strategist of Sparkle Designs By Stephanie, a company created to serve you and your Sparkle, inside and out. She helps you Sparkle by offering you meaningful, memorable, one-of- a-kind, one-off jewellery pieces to help you stand out from the rest, or for you to give to your client as a way to express your gratitude for their business and loyalty. Since 2012, she has been incorporating stunning gemstones, sterling silver, and Swarovski pearls and crystals into her creations, which are inspired by her clients, nature, art, poetry, and music. Her pieces have made their way to adorn influencers and even some celebrities.
Coming soon, Stephanie will also be offering a brand new Sparkle Spirit Suite to serve your inner Sparkle! The Suite will include but is not limited to a motivational entrepreneurial Sparkle Spirit Spotlight series, Sparkle Rituals, and Sparkle merchandise.
Stephanie also believes in helping communities Sparkle by collaborating on impactful events and causes closest to her heart, including those serving in mental health, anti-bullying, girl and women empowerment, LGBTQ2+, and animal rights.
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Stephanie has been living in the picturesque Fraser Valley Lower Mainland area in British Columbia, Canada for the past few years with her loving partner, Norm. She is “Steph-Mom” to two amazing teens: fear-loving stepson, Jake, and fun-loving stepdaughter, Macy.
From Grieving to Grooving
“Throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
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Susan is a passionate world traveller and formed “Dreamweavers on the Go”, an online presence dedicated to inspiring and motivating people to travel through shared real-life experiences. Her dad was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force which labelled her as an “Air Force Brat,” so she quickly became accustomed to moving. This led to her desire to learn more about the world and eventually she spent three months in Europe in the 70’s, exploring twenty- three different countries. Her multifaceted career has included working as a travel consultant, special tourism projects manager, festival manager, tour guide, hotel sales director, marketing consultant, and executive secretary.
After raising two daughters by herself, she travelled the world for a year at the age of fifty-one. She had nothing but a backpack, a fistful of pennies, a peaceful heart, eyes and ears wide open, a “no fear” attitude, and a willingness to learn as much as she could about everywhere she went and everyone she met. With forty countries now tucked under her belt, her goal is to become a global volunteer, make a difference, and have fun.
Her interests include writing, yoga, meditation, natural health and wellness, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends when she’s not up in the air or under the ocean.
The Sweet Side of Depression
“3C: You must make a Choice to take a Chance or your life will never Change.”
Trish is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach who is on a crusade to educate as many people as possible on sugar and the detrimental effects that it has on our bodies, both physically and emotionally. She has a passion for offering education and support in order to help you find out what is stopping you, slowing you down, or keeping you from having the health and wellness that you desire. Remember, being healthy starts on the inside.
Trish’s other passion is music. She has been a vocalist for over 25 years and has been involved with many different music scenes, including singing the National Anthem a cappella at ballgames and on national television for a National Guard Troop of 3,000 returning from the Gulf War. She is also involved in several different bands with her life partner, Scott. You hear their passion for music when they sing.
To start on your own health and wellness journey Trish has just one question: “If I could wave a magic wand, and you could get the health and wellness you want, what would that look like?”