What's Stopping You?

image4On Monday night I gave the opening “invocation” at my Toastmaster group’s annual party. I talked about goals for the New Year (big surprise, huh?). Afterward, Toastmaster Julie talked with me about goals, and specifically her goal of writing a novel.
“What’s stopping you,” I asked. Julie thought about it for a second or two and then gave me a couple reasons.
As I listened, I realized that, in today’s book publishing world, most of Julie’s reasons don’t hold water. They might have even just ten years ago, but not now.
When I told Julie, she was surprised by actual facts. Then I could see some wheels turning in her head.  So I suggested a few doable and results-focused next steps.
Then, as others joined us, our conversation shifted.  We both went on to talk about other people.
A little while later, the party started to break up. I was still gabbing with someone when Julie caught my eye. As she left the party, she shouted over to me, “I’m gonna do it!” I could see the excitement in her eyes. What I said had flipped the switch in her head.  Once she saw her dream in terms of doable steps, she saw it as attainable. It made a difference. I’m already looking forward to reading a copy!
What about you? What’s one of your dreams and what’s been stopping you from making it come true (until now, of course!)?
Write out what those things are. Ask yourself, what can I do about these? And ask someone else…maybe a couple people. Sometimes you can’t see beyond a barrier but someone else can see it for you.
It could make all the difference in the new year!
What will make you happy in 2017? Reinventing your career…or your life? Starting a business? Having more fun?
Need some help getting your New Year’s Goals going? I can help you! My next workshop is Savvy Sizzle and it’s starting on January 10. You can join me for the Savvy Sizzle teleseminar at 1pm or for the workshop in Wayne PA (near King of Prussia Mall). The Early Bird pricing is still happening and, if you join my Victorious Woman Project page, you’ll find a coupon code for an additional $200 off the cost of either one. Also, if you do the work, it’s a satisfaction guaranteed class or your money back class!

11.4.16 RadioWrapUp: Who Moved My Teeth

whomovedmyteethgameboard_final_3Cathy-Sikorski-2-150x150Attorney Cathy Sikorski joined us again at Happy Hour this Friday. We talked about about Medicare’s open enrollment, how to handle your employer when you’re caregiving and more. Cathy also shared tips from her new book, Who Moved My Teeth, which will be out this month. Learn more about Cathy and her new book: Cathy Sikorski.
I watched the world series on Wednesday and I would have been excited whichever team won…they both deserved it. But I’m glad to see the Curse of the Billy Goat is gone. Now I hope we can give the Billy Penn curse, that was supposedly removed in ’07, a little tune-up.
What do  you think about the Pope saying that women will never be able to be priests? Never. I talked about that and, if you want to read what other people are saying, check this out: NYTimes and women priests.
Want to get a discount for the coffee and tea festival. Get your ticket online and use the discount code MALLOW for 1.2 off the $20 ticket.
This week’s quote is fitting for our election season, but I don’t know who said:

There are always too many Democratic congressmen
and too many Republican congressmen,
BUT never enough US congressmen.

Tune into the Friday Happy Hour at 3pm on West Chester PA local AM radio 1520, online at WCHE-AM  and on your mobile devices at Tune-In Radio.
Call-in: 610-701-9243

4.29.16 RadioWrapUp: Kerry Hannon

kerry_hannon-webReady to downshift and get that job you love now?
Kerry has so much information to share and I’m glad she shared so much of it with us today! To read Kerry’s blog and find out how to get a copy Getting the Job You Want After 50 for Dummies, go to KerryHannon.com. And the books are also available on Amazon.
Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized expert on career transitions, personal finance and retirement. She has spent more than two decades covering all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry’s work has also regularly appeared in BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Wall Street Journal, and Reader’s Digest, among other national publications. She has appeared as a financial expert on ABC News, CBS, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and PBS.
Also at Happy Hour today I talked about a report about the landmark case that resulted from the sale of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to Unilever. It was a big deal and big enough for this report from the Standford Social Innovation Review
Victorious Woman Month starts on Sunday – and I’m excited!!! Here are the three ways you can connect with your victory and with other victorious woman this month:

Here’s that quote from Sophia Loren:

“There is a fountain of youth:
it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life
and the lives of people you love.
When you learn to tap this source,
you will truly have defeated age.”

Done you love that, Victory Chicks? Check in with your mind, talents and creativity this weekend! And join me for the Victory Challenge on FB starting  on Sunday, May1.


Tune into Friday Happy Hour at 3pm on AM radio 1520. You can also listen online at www.WCHE1520.com.

Call-in: 610-701-9243


May is Victorious Woman Month
and I’ve created the 21-Day Victory Challenge
so you can build up some of your Victory Muscles
and get into that
Victorious Woman frame of mind!

Here’s what to do:

  • Download the 2016 Victory Challenge
  • Each day I’ll post that day’s challenge on our private Facebook Page where you can talk to me and other Victory Chicks about how you’re doing with the challenge – what’s easy, what’s not, where you might be stuck.
    • On our FB page, you can also get ideas (like remembering things they wouldn’t have thought of until you said it), encouragement, and inspiration for your next victory
    • And I’ll be sharing my thoughts and idea with you too!

Looking forward to doing the 21-Day Challenge and talking about it with you on Facebook

RadioWrap-Up: Gratitude

AnnmarieKelly.WCBM_..web_-150x120Yes, we’re only a couple weeks from Thanksgiving, so I asked Janice Kaplan, author of The Gratitude Journals to join us. I met Janice in New York and, when I first opened The Gratitude Diaries, I expected TheGratitudeDiaries (2)something different. What I got was much better! Janice really walked her talk!
Janice is a respected journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and former Parade editor in chief, Kaplan’s access to the top psychologists, academics, CEOs, doctors and philosophers is unparalleled. Through thought-provoking interviews with her family, friends, and even celebrities like Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jerry Seinfeld, Kaplan’s memoir is both an invitation for readers to follow her journey, as well as a call to action for all of us to practice gratitude in our own lives. Find more at JaniceKaplan.com
If you’re interested in finding out about the West Chester Story Slam, the 2016 agenda won’t be up until next month, but you can get a sense of what it’s like. here’s the link: WCStorySlam
Here’s the quote from Melody Beattie:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Radio Wrap-Up: Caregivers

AnnmarieKelly.WCBM_..web_-150x120It’s National Family Caregivers Month and the theme this year is Respite: Taking Care of Yourself. So Cathy Sikorski, the serial caregiver, stopped by Happy Hour to talk about her caregiving experiences. I mentioned that her brother-in-law, Larry, passed away recently. Here’s Cathy’s loving tribute to him: Larry and here is the post she talked about: The Balloon
We have several links for you caregivers:

Also, I wrote down two quotes for you today, and I forgot them. So here they are. This first one is from Nancy Kriseman, from her book, The Mindful Caregiver.

“My caregiver mantra is to remember:
the only control you have
is over the changes you choose to make.”

That dovetails into something Joan Baez said,

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when.
You can only decide how you’re going to live.”

RadioWrap-Up: Selling on eBay

AnnmarieKelly.WCBM_..web_-150x120eBay expert Kathy Terrill shares e-Commerce Tips at Happy Hour

Kathy Terrill had good tips for making money on your old stuff or starting a business with your own products. And Kathy has a great offer for you. She’ll give Friday Happy Hour listeners a special 30 minute coaching to help you set up and or develop you online business for $30. You can take advantage of her special offer on her website: www.ilovetobeselling.com
I talked about the Pope’s visit, including what I thought about his speeches to Congress and the UN. I referenced an article in the Washington Post about the Pope’s trip to Philly. If you’re interested, here it is: Washington Post
I talked about heart attack and, especially pesky for midlife women, the silent heart attack. Here are two links that you might was to look at:

And, if you want to see my pix of Maine and read about what I did, here are The 2015 Maine Diaries
Today’s quote came from cosmetics guru Mary Kay Ash: “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.”

Victory by Design E-Workbook

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Victorious Woman!

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This book has been described by some women as a cross between inspirational and self-help and by others as a “blueprint for life”.
First, there are the stories: Ten of the eleven Victorious Woman chapters tell the stories of women – probably just like you – who got into and out of difficult circumstances. Maureen was abandoned by her spouse and left with five small children, no job and no money. Patti was diagnosed with multiple cancers – all at the same time. Kathy was a single executive who gave up everything for the man of her dreams – only to learn he wasn’t what she thought, but not before she was broke, jobless and homeless.
Then, there are the Stepping Stones, the lifestyles that either support or sabotage your victory. Once you understand how your lifestyle affects your success, you’ll learn the “Six Critical Skills” that every woman must learn and the Victorious Woman Model.
The compelling stories might make you cry but they will also touch the victorious woman inside you, and make you want to step up into your own victories. The Stepping Stones, Six Skills and Victorious Woman Model will explain what you need to take your next steps to victory and success!

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Reviews and Comments about this Book.

This is well put together and the end-of-chapter material is particularly supportive. Judge’s editorial commentary,
Ben Franklin Awards
Recommended Reading!
Houston Woman Magazine

IT IS FANTASTIC! I’m finding myself questioning some of my life choices but then that’s the whole point, right?

S. Eisele,

Human Resources Manager

The feelings leapt off the pages as I remembered my own experiences and how I was able to rally and come alive again. Thank you for the inspiration to all women!

J. Bennett,

Coaching style questions help the reader explore her own situation and then take action toward her own victories.

Divine Magazine for Women

I’ve immensely enjoyed reading Victorious Woman, and I want to thank you again for the gift. I began to read the book at a time when I needed to receive the confirmation and encouragement that your illustrious characters share through their testimonies.

Renee D. Sumby,
Association Director

My attention was captured by each woman’s experience …and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
C. Tharp,
Business Owner
This is a wonderful, touching book. I can think of several woman friends to whom I would like to give it (and a couple male friends, too). It has something for everyone and universal appeal.
Judge’s commentary,
Writer’s Digest Book Awards
Victorious Woman! [has] been helpful to me as I’ve sought to gain insight and understanding in a society where paycheck and fairness often do not meet. Join a victory team.
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Lutheran Woman Today

The feelings leapt off the pages as I remembered my own experiences and how I was able to rally and come alive again. Thank you for the inspiration to all women! – J. Bennett, Bookkeeper

This new book…will give hope to other women who need to know that they can do it…with patience, persistence, prayer and a whole lot of courage.
Azriela Jaffe,
Harrisburg Patriot-News

Starting Over After 40 with Guest Susan Tolles & Wendy Mackowski

SalmonJacket.HeadShotPour yourself a glass of wine, mix a mojito or splash some scotch over some ice and join the fun with Annmarie Kelly and her expert guests as we explore together the lives of women in mid-life (US!). We’ll be talking about the trials and triumphs of being in mid-lilfe, everything from reinventions and restarts, empty nests, and taking care of our aging parents to having fun, relationships, money and…sex (oh yes we will!). We’ll get input from experts on the topic of the day and have some Chick Chat about everything from how our week went and the week’s Hot Topics.

September 13
Starting Over After 40

Susan Tolles
Susan Tolles is a Midlife Reinventions Expert, and as Founder of Flourish Over 50®, a powerful role model who “walks her talk!” A Certified Dream Coach®, professional speaker, author, and internationally-recognized expert for women over 50, Susan is dedicated to inspiring and empowering women of all ages with the confidence and tools to live with clarity, direction and a renewed sense of purpose about their future. For anyone in the midst of a transition—from empty nest to career burnout—or those who simply want to find more purpose in life, Susan will guide them to find focus and self-fulfillment and joy as they create your road map for the next chapter of their life’s journey. Read more: Flourish Over Fifty
Wendy Mackowski
Wendy Mackowski, MA, CPCC, EFT is a Transformational Author and Life Coach. She coaches and mentors women wanting to break out of their old patterns and fly freely with their Authentic Spirit. Follow these links to access her newest guided meditation; Manifesting Your Inspired Life Vision and also her latest self-study course, Hearing the Call of Your Authentic Spirit Both are inspirational tools and strategies for personal transformation.