Dr. Julie Hanks

International Women’s Day Part 4 of 4!

International Women’s Day Part 4 of 4!
At Lauri’s Lemonade Stand we Celebrate Women Every Day!

It has been so much fun cruising down memory lane as we celebrate International Women’s Day all month here at the Lemonade Stand!  Beautiful women, a couple of men, more knowledge, wisdom, beauty, and humor than I ever could have predicted or imagined.  

Read the descriptions below and pick the best podcast that works for you as we celebrate episodes 31-40 on iTunes and Google Play! Thank you 100% for being such loyal followers, fans, friends, and family on this new endeavor that next month will be one year old!

Calee Reed – Upbeat, fun, adorable, and super talented would be the first words I use to describe Calee.  Followed ever so quickly by firmly grounded.  Through life experiences, she has found herself rooted to her faith and is now sharing that with others through her beautiful, inspirational music.  Don’t forget to check out her video, “She Put the Music in Me” about her amazing mother.

Kris Belcher – Start with a little humor, add a huge dose of struggles, add a lot more humor, then pour on the faith and that is the recipe to get a big-hearted woman like Kris Belcher.  Conquering cancer twice that left her blind for the last 13 years, Kris has found humor and faith in her journey.  It is not without anger and frustration along the way, but she is willing to help any woman in any way she can.  You are going to love this episode!

Dr. Julie Hanks – “Vibrant Solutions for an Ordinary Life”  Yep, that catch-phrase of Dr. Julie Hanks pretty much sums up her work in a nutshell.  Staying away from Burn-Out, Asserting yourself and speaking your mind without crushing the other person in the relationship or conversation is where Dr. Hanks excels.  Listen as I delicately give her a scenario from my own life that she puts into perspective and shines a light on to help all involved move forward.  This spunky therapist rocked my socks and if you let her, she will rock yours!

Kristina Kuzmic – Closet Skyping!  What do you do when your youngest takes a nap and you have a podcast interview?  Closet Skyping!  Just for the record, sound quality in a closet full of clothes is amazing!  This interview is touching, eye-opening and downright hilarious in parts.  You seriously want to get to know Kristina better.  Check her out on YouTube (she is a huge YouTube sensation and even had a season of her cooking show on the Oprah Winfrey Network) and her website kristinakuzmic.com.

Hilary Weeks – Music that has inspired me for twenty years, I could hardly wait to get Hilary Weeks on Lauri’s Lemonade Stand.  Seeing her live has always been a special treat and I own every single one of her albums.  Her songs have seen me through life’s moments and I can’t wait to share her love for music with you.  After 20 years she finally did a concert tour in 2016 and is planning another for spring 2017.  Check her out at hilaryweeks.com and I hope to see you at one of her events!

Erin Stutland – Feisty, fun, connected, and grounded…that’s how I would describe this incredibly talented and creative artist, Erin Stutland.  This interview not only embraces the need for her particular brand of workouts (combining powerful mantras with dance and kickboxing), but takes us on a time travel through her past, her delicious love story, and her new TV show out now called Altar’d on Z Living.  (Look for it on your local cable channels)  Enjoy this amazing interview!

Sarah Knight – Profane, but right on the money in showing you how to mentally declutter…I loved this interview with Sarah Knight.  I’ve put her advice to the test and it worked!  To-do lists, must-do lists, her 3-step plan to taking care of what you need to do so you can do what you want to do.  Her two best-selling books, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*** and Get Your Sh** Together are must-haves in your self-help library.

Josi Kilpack – Romance novelist, Josi Kilpack is no stranger to the literary world.  After 25 novels (of which I’ve read 8 and now have a list of 4 more on my wishlist), Josi excels in her field and is simply a rockstar!  This interview explores her humble beginnings, her awards and accomplishments, and the brief heartache of a bad review and how it was turned into a learning experience.  She is fun, down-to-earth, and a joy to interview.  Fall in love with Josi and then fall in love with her books.  Recorded on Valentine’s Day, this interview promises romance in your future.  See what’s coming up next from Josi Kilpack!

Regan Walsh – Beautiful, ever-smiling, blog-master extraordinaire, committed to her family and her growing group of clients, Regan will teach you to Shed Your Shoulds, how to reclaim your life, and to say no when the occasion calls for it.  She is a masterful coach who loves the color red and the season of fall and has a beautiful love story of meeting her husband.  You’ll want to bring a notepad and pen to this upbeat interview and perhaps even hire her as your own coach to help you into the next chapter of your business or personal life.

Don’t forget to comment here below, leave a rating and review on iTunes and follow on Twitter @LauriMackey and Facebook at Lauri’s Lemonade Stand.  Thank you, Lemonaders!

Being Assertive

Being Assertive
Take-aways from Dr. Julie Hanks latest book:
The Assertiveness Guide for Women

Dr. Julie Hanks has created a gold mine of information about being assertive. But let me warn you, this is a WORK BOOK!! If you aren’t ready to put in the work to learning more about yourself, don’t buy this book. However, if you are ready to take the steps necessary to learning this trade of being assertive I would highly recommend it.

Let’s just do a quick re-assess of what being assertive means, shall we? My initial impression was not the definition that Dr. Julie Hanks used. “Assertiveness is generally defined as a way of communicating that is clear, confident, and self-assured. It enables you to express your thoughts, feelings, needs, and wants without infringing on the rights of others. Assertiveness skills help you articulate your unique sense of self while maintaining your connection with others and allowing them to have an experience that is different from yours. At its core, assertiveness is about the courage to express difference.”

Now THAT is a great definition of being assertive and from the moment I read it, I wanted it. I generally consider myself a pretty assertive person, but there is one area where I get hung up and that is my emotional response during conflict. In her book, Dr. Hanks gives 5 Skills of Assertiveness; Self-Reflection, Self-Awareness, Self-Soothing, Self-Expression, and Self-Expansion. My biggest insight came from the self-soothing portion as it provided tools to pretty much calm myself down during any conflict.

“Assertiveness is an expression of difference.” In this book I found it re-assuring that we need each other and our relationships. “Splendid isolation is for planets, not people” (Johnson 2013). This book shows you how to make the most out of your relationships by nurturing certain ones and possibly severing others.

My blogpost today is not to give you the full enchilada, but to entice you to go out and buy this book if you find that it might help you in your life. It made a difference in mind and I will share just a few of my key take-aways here:

I feel _____________ when you _______________ because I think ______________.

This sentence alone can change your life.

Phrases to have up my sleeve or in my back pocket when I need to say no:

“I’m not able to commit to that right now.”

“I’m going to say no for now. I’ll let you know if something changes.”

“No, I can’t do that, but here’s what I can do…”

Phrases to help me ask for change:

“It would mean a lot to me if…”

“I would appreciate it if you would…”

I loved it when you did _______________.”

If you’re not yet sold on the book, start by listening to my interview with Dr. Julie Hanks on my positivity podcast for women, Lauri’s Lemonade Stand, by clicking here. Listen as she takes me through a real life scenario that happened to me with my family and shows me how I could have handled it differently…talk about putting yourself out there for the world to hear! She is funny, brilliant, and right on the money.

Don’t forget to leave your comments below…I read every one!

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