Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Tool for Your Goals: The Confidence Factor with Brian Tracy

When I work with clients, one of the tools I use is "The Confidence Factor" personal assessment.


Because statistics show that when a person is self-confident, it impacts their ability to successfully experience happiness, a feeling of accomplishment and overall well-being.  So even the most goal oriented person can be lacking in well-being, for example, if they aren't aware of how their self-confidence is impacting the goals that they strive for and how well they effectively accomplish those goals.

Furthermore, studies have found that all strong achievers seem to have this one quality or characteristic overwhelmingly in common.  As you probably well know, self-confidence can make you more imaginative, more creative, more willing to take risks, more powerful and plainly, more successful.

Although there are various models out there on self-confidence, I chose to partner with Brian Tracy as an affiliate (and earn commissions) because his program has created the best results in my life.  The program helps people eliminate the fear that stops them from succeeding, and move quickly towards the success they deserve!

By knowing where your confidence lies, you will feel empowered to overcome your doubts and fears, and discover potential you didn't even know you had! And even if you already enjoy self-confidence, the assessment below will help you assess your current confidence level and provide you with a tool to re-assess when you have a job change, life change or shift in perspective.

You can take "The Confidence Factor" personal assessment for FREE by clicking HERE.

Get Brian Tracy's Self-Confidence Package & Get Goals Done!
The link to the free assessment above includes a quick 50 question assessment followed by a rating score sheet and a Progress Chart.

If you want further support for your self-confidence to make sure you accomplish your goals for 2015 and make this the best year of your life by getting breakthroughs where you previously were not able to, then you can get Brian Tracy's package "The Science of Self Confidence".  It is worth every penny of your investment!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dangerous Curves Ahead

Kim Kardashian recently displayed her significant assets in a jaw-dropping magazine shoot. J-Lo is famous for her booty.  Beyonce' has created a word that's been added to our normal vernacular: "bootylicious".
Do you consider yourself a curvy or thick woman?
You aren’t alone. Statistics say that black women represent the largest demographic of obese Americans. According to Paul Campos, author of The Obesity Myth, black and Hispanic women are also less likely to suffer from medical complications related to obesity than white or Asian women.
Perhaps that is why black and Hispanic women are more likely to embrace their curves.
When a friend remarked that I was thick, I almost smacked him! As a mixed white and Hispanic woman, I had never heard the term “thick”, at least not when it came to my body.  Most of my childhood friends were white. White girls tend to obsess about being thin.  Therefore, being called “thick” was the ultimate insult.
Let me give you a little background about me: I’ve always been fat.  I also am darker than my siblings, who mostly take after my mother’s Casper-like complexion of lighter hair and blue-green eyes.  I resented the Barbies of the world who could eat whatever they wanted while staying slim.  So I ate more.  I told myself that I was simply curvaceous. I was a bold and beautiful Hispanic woman.
I ate myself into morbid obesity.  That means I was 100 pounds overweight.  I didn’t think about it much, except when I tried to find cute clothing. Plus size clothing in the 90s was NOT cute. Despite my size, I was still fairly active and healthy. That all changed when my grandmother passed away. I realized then that I was no longer curvy, but out of control. I needed to stop being thick, both in body and in the head!
I am happy to see so many ethnic women embrace their bodies, no matter what size they are.  However, there is a fine line between embracing your size and being proud of obesity.  Obesity leads to a poorer quality of life.  I almost died from an obesity-related surgery when I was only 17.  Where is the pride in that?
When I look back at my former attitude, I realize I was lying to myself.  I was trying to convince everyone else that I was happy.  I wasn’t.  But, I didn’t realize how unhappy I was until I lost 100 pounds. When I shed that weight, I also shed my misconceptions about my curves.
Many people say that weight is just a number. That is true, but also misleading. Weight is a number. But, can you think of any number that does NOT impact your quality of life? Whether it’s your age, your income, your degree(s), or number of children, those numbers often outline how you live your life. I am still curvy, but in a much smaller way. I may call myself a former fat girl, but that refers more to my attitude than my size.
The last thing I would suggest to any woman is to jump on the next diet bandwagon. Those diets are a waste of time! It is no coincidence that the word “diet” just happens to begin with “die”. No thanks!
It took me over a year to lose the weight and become who I am today. That year involved a lot of testing and experimenting to find a process that worked. My mission is to share that process with beautiful women just like you. Women who are curvaceous, who have a lot of passion to offer, but feel disappointed with how they feel in their body.
It’s never too late to find out who you will become! With the New Year fast approaching, isn’t it time you embraced the healthy woman inside?
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Jennifer Espinosa-Goswami
Jenn Espinosa-Goswami is a health coach and motivational speaker at Weightless. A member of the National Weight Control Registry, she is a loving mother of two daughters and wife to a wonderful man from India. In her spare time(!), she loves making flavorful food and enjoying exercise. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Connecting One "Girls Nite In" at a Time!

In our world of social media and calling casual acquaintances friends, what are we to do?  It used to be that neighbors lived next to each other for 20+ years and connecting with friends and family happened over a great phone conversation, annual family reunions, weekly dinner parties, etc.

I know for me, I have literally lived in six different states in my life from childhood through to adulthood.  My friendships have changed, evolved and somehow even though my social media account says I have over 1,000 "friends" on all the different platforms, I don't feel that way at all!

Our Great "Girls Nite In" Group
So, me being me, I wanted to do something about it.  Since I am a small-business owner, blogger and overall love meeting people, for 2015 I wanted to facilitate small at-home "Girls Nite In" sessions where women can connect over our mutual desire to be happy, live with joy, be in great relationships and share our struggles for wholeness.

It is basically taking the message of this blog's core purpose of authenticity and taking it on the road here in Texas!

So when I sent a simple Facebook message out to some local friends to host me and their friends at their home, I was so happy when my friend Mairo Simpson of The Working Wife heeded the call!

So last Friday, Mairo and her friends and co-workers gathered at her beautiful home.  She had wine, chicken wings, fruit trays, and other great snacks.  Her husband and children left for the movie theater and we were excited to learn and share our wisdom together in what I themed "Using the Wisdom of the Exceptional Woman".

I brought the tools that I have used with some of my life and career coaching clients, wisdom shared at one of my leadership groups, my own experiences and used a discussion format for others to share.  There were tears, plenty of laughter and high-fives!

The mission was accomplished!

So I would challenge you to connect in a meaningful way with your friends, co-workers, board members, fellow moms, etc.  Not just by keeping track of their social media posts but hosting a "Girls Nite In"!

As a discussion tool for your Girls Nite In discussion (and one of the tools I use with clients and when I facilitate these groups) can be accessed complimentary HERE!  I use this assessment to start the discussion because for most people, getting a clear gauge of where their confidence level is can be a great indicator of how to frame and go after the goals that will give their life the most meaning!

If you need help with programming for your "Girls Nite In" or need help interpreting and utilizing your confidence assessment results, send me an email and get my "Make 2015 Your Year" coaching training special!  I would be happy to help!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Foodie Paradise with Pirch!

Adding fresh herbs to the potatoes
I always seek a way to support businesses that do good.  My introduction to Pirch was because they do good!

When I volunteered with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) before Christmas at Northpark Mall, one of my responsibilities was to round up the cake from Pirch and Chef Connie that they were donating for auction to pay for 300 NTFB meals!

So I promised Chef Connie I'd be back to support their store.

Today I had the pleasure of spending the day with my new friends Chef Connie and Chef Simon at the Dallas Pirch location for their "Saturday Sourcing" event.  Pirch is technically a modern appliance store that has brilliantly figured out how to woo-in high-end clientele and designers: create an environment that is inspirational, sleek and light and add a heavy dose of cooking, demonstrations and fun!

Their list of events is so vast that I honestly couldn't believe they don't consider themselves a part-time restaurant!  And it works!

As we sliced, diced and made some of the most yummiest food you can imagine, there were customers venturing into and out of the kitchen to get a front row seat of how the wood burning oven, Thermador and other appliances actually worked...I thought that was brilliant!

Chef Simon Demonstrates Cutting Technique
Cooking Class:
Pirch's Saturday Sourcing cooking class is limited to 12 spots and fills up FAST!  And they only book in-person at the store and only four weeks in advance.

I felt lucky that they fit me in so that I could experience it!

I particularly love Sourcing Saturday because, according to their website: "Mother Nature called. Your groceries are ready. A member of the PIRCH culinary team will gather fresh produce and meats from local farmer's markets. Then you'll help produce a dish from those ingredients."

Our brunch menu also included pancakes (with the option of chocolate chips, fresh strawberries, bananas, etc.), farm raised eggs and delectable potatoes (recipe will be posted tomorrow!).

Our class was brunch themed and started with a lesson from Chef Simon on the proper way to cut a tenderloin.  I couldn't stop staring at how skillfully he sliced off the excess and how beautifully colored the meat was...nice!

Chef Connie was equally a patient and informative master cook who gently supported participants as we flipped pancakes, sliced up onion, fruit and potatoes and she made sure everyone was having a great time!

Tenderloins Cooking in Pirch's Wood Stone Oven

Gorgeous Steaks, Potatoes, Eggs and Pankcakes

The Fun and Hard Work Pays Off

I would highly recommend you find a Pirch in your area and attend one of their many classes.  It is well worth your time and aspirational goals to see how it's REALLY done!

Shout out to Chef Connie, Chef Simons and Teagan for hosting me!

Do you live in the Dallas/Ft Worth area?  If so, join me and have a Curva-Lish fun time with Pirch at Sourcing Saturday on February 28, 2015!  Limited to the first eight fabulous Curva-Lish fans so please only sign up if you are sure you can attend!  RSVP to!


Friday, January 16, 2015

First Smoothie of the New Year!

Smoothie Preparations
One of my goals in getting my health back to where I want it to be is drinking smoothies again.  So last night, I went to Central Market (a fancy grocery store like Whole Foods) because they have a robust vitamin and nutrition section with a dedicated employee to help you answer questions.

There was a super friendly employee and vitamin expert there named Phil.  He was in his 60's but didn't look a day older than early 40's with the exception of some gray hairs.  He was naturally fit, vibrant and smooth skin.  I had struck gold!

I ended up talking with Phil for 20 minutes on everything from vitamin supplements to what I was there for...whey protein for my smoothie!

Phil directed me to a great brand that's good for my needs: somewhat of a meal replacement that I can easily make first thing in the morning to get in some needed nutrition.  For the past three months I have been doing an uber sin: I have been skipping breakfast and just drinking coffee so that I can get my startup work going first thing in the morning! I know, super bad right?!?!?

So I purchased individual packets in order to try it out...this is the picture of my ingredients made with the Magic Bullet I received fro Christmas from my sister: coconut milk, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, spinach and the plant-based Vega One nutritional shake mix I'm trying out.

I must admit I was a bit taken back by the green-grey color of the drink...not appealing to the eye whatsoever!  However, I wanted to give it a fair chance before I judged whether I liked it or not.

And surprisingly, it was GOOD with a slight gritty taste.  The slight gritty-ness didn't totally bother me and I drank the shake fast! Yum!

There was only one problem: I didn't make the shake until 9am (three hours after I woke up for the day) and by 11:30am I was already hungry again!  So I popped in a Lean Cuisine...hey, don't judge me.  It was a healthy one and was better than hopping in my car and going to a fast food restaurant! LOL!

Tell me if you have any shake recipes that you love so I can try out and share on the blog on my way to getting my health back! Just make sure it's not complicated and #frugalista approved!


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