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A Look at Women with a Purpose: Brene Brown

Brene Brown

Hi SW Readers!

Today we’re highlighting professor, researcher, and storyteller, Brene Brown.  A professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brene burst on the scene with her TED talk about the importance of vulnerability in the workplace (see it here!) and is a New York Times Bestseller!  Her research and books pertaining to the topics of vulnerability, shame, and courage have gained critical acclaim and she travels the world speaking on the very same topics.

If you’re looking for a great new read for your nightstand, here are a few excerpts from her latest bestseller, Rising Strong:

““I define wholehearted living as engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and worthy of love and belonging.”

“Just because we didn’t measure up to some standard of achievement doesn’t mean that we don’t possess gifts and talents that only we can bring to the world. Just because someone failed to see the value in what we can create or achieve doesn’t change its worth or ours.”

“The most transformative and resilient leaders that I’ve worked with over the course of my career have three things in common: First, they recognize the central role that relationships and story play in culture and strategy, and they stay curious about their own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Second, they understand and stay curious about how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected in the people they lead, and how those factors affect relationships and perception. And, third, they have the ability and willingness to lean in to discomfort and vulnerability.”

Brene is intent on changing the world through helping others reach their full potential on whichever path in life they may find themselves on.  Through teaching, writing, and her various speaking engagements, she is doing just that.  For more on her life and work, visit her website.

You are sure to be inspired!

Coming Up Sept/Oct: Women You Should Know Section


Poll: 75% of Women Think Marriage is Weaker than 10 Years Ago

SheByShe, a leading women’s opinion site, recently asked women to share their opinions and stories about the current state of marriage in the U.S. Six hundred and forty-one women participated. With roughly 2.1 million marriages occurring annually in the U.S., and about 875,000 divorces, marriage is a dynamic, rapidly-changing institution. In the survey, a whopping 75 percent of the participating women said they think the U.S. institution of marriage is weaker than it was 10 years ago. The current divorce rate was cited as the number on reason why these women believe it is weaker. As one woman said,”Marriage is looked at like buying a new pair of shoes. When you are done with them, you get a new pair.” Ten percent of the women polled think marriage in the U.S. is stronger than it was 10 years ago, mostly because of the emerging legality of same sex marriages.

The SheByShe survey found that 83 percent of the participating women believe it’s important a marriage be legally bound with a marriage license, while 52 percent believe a religious ceremony is important when starting a marriage. When it comes to divorce, there’s widespread agreement about its negative impact on the institution of marriage. Women were open and honest about sharing their stories and feelings. As one woman said,”People are lazy, so they don’t want to work on anything… they would just as soon get divorced.” Another said,”People get married just to do it; they don’t realize the true meaning of love, and they take it for granted.” And a third woman said, “People get married and then get divorced for little petty things instead of taking a break and letting the dust settle and then discussing the issue and working through it.”


Giveaway: Overcoming Mediocrity

OM bookEnter to win this inspirational book! Overcoming Mediocrity is a unique collection of stories from women who have created their own lives of significance, not only in their professional lives, but in their personal, physical or spiritual lives as well. These inspiring stories are from established leaders who are making an impact on a larger scale, as well as from those who are making a difference and impacting a select few in their everyday lives. These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their own potential. Enter to win by commenting “Overcoming Mediocrity” below. This giveaway ends June 14.

Your Caloric Intake for Optimum Nutrition

“Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” is the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month celebrated in March across America from home kitchens and school cafeterias to office building cafes and fine-dining restaurants. Sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is an education and information campaign that stresses the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound physical exercise habits. This year’s theme encourages the personal food preferences and healthy eating styles of people with diverse lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions.

Formerly the American Dietetic Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals dedicated to helping people enjoy healthy lives through their daily diets. The groups website,, offers the public free facts and tips about childhood obesity, healthy weight loss, nutrition for life, disease management and prevention, food safety, holiday nutrition and a variety of other food and nutrition topics.

“We all owe it to ourselves at any age to fuel our minds and bodies with the best nutrition possible, said Jeanette Palmer, President of Right at Home in Algonquin. “In our work with seniors, we find that many elderly rely on microwavable, convenience foods that often contain extra fats, sugar and salt that complicate existing health conditions. Eating right doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Sometimes only a few adjustments are needed.”

To help people think about what goes on their plate or in a cup or bowl, the U.S. Department of Agriculture presents the Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the five food groups that comprise a healthy diet. Online at, people can access dozens of resources for healthy eating, plus nutrition tips, sample menus and recipes. The MyPlate sites also helps you determine how many calories you need each day and gives this example for people over age 51:

Calories Per Day For:
Sedentary (not active) women aged 51+: 1,600
Moderately active women aged 51+: 1,800
Active women aged 51+: 2,000-2,200

Sedentary men aged 51+: 2,000
Moderately active men aged 51+: 2,200-2,400
Active men aged 51+: 2,400-2,800

right at home

Women: Not your Stereotypical Snorer, but…

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois raises awareness about the treatment options for sleep apnea and snoring.

When it comes to snoring and sleep apnea, women don’t usually come to mind. Your image of a stereotypical snorer is probably an overweight 40-year-old who snores like a freight train and is, of course, male. But don’t be fooled. A recent study confirms that women do suffer from sleep apnea.  In fact, the study found that the average age, body mass index and blood pressure between men and women snorers were similar, and women are twice as likely as men to have trouble staying or falling asleep.

The most common symptom of sleep apnea? Snoring! Ninety-five percent of men and 90 percent of women who complain about snoring suffer from sleep apnea. Other symptoms women reported in high numbers:
•    Morning headaches
•    Depression
•    Hypothyroidism
•    Insomnia
•    Daytime sleepiness

Women who are menopausal or postmenopausal are at a greater risk for sleep apnea.

If you suffer from one or more of the above symptoms, you may be at risk for sleep apnea. Consult your medical doctor for further information and to learn about your treatment options. Dr. Sosenko is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the founder of Dental Sleep Medicine of Illinois.  She offers snoring and apnea sufferer’s relief through professional oral appliance device therapy. For more information visit her website and blog:

Successful, Local Women Business Owners Share Advice

Left to Right: Avani Amin-Carkner, Owner of Avani Spices; Julie Loehner, Owner of Kitchens by Julie; Laura Cavanagh, Owner of the Suburban Woman magazines





Ava, Owner of Avani Spices says:
What advice would you give women wanting to start their own business?
I would say to any woman who’d like to start her own business today, always believe in yourself, and follow your dreams.  Surround yourself with people who share the same beliefs and work ethic as you.  And know who to go to with questions; it’s good to have mentors.

What do yo u do with your personal time to relax, and get away from it all?
I play tennis and do yoga.  I think exercise really helps me relax and stay happy and motivated.

Julie, Owner of Kitchens by Julie, says:
What advice would you give women wanting to start their own business?
Experience is really the key to starting your own business, especially in the design world today.  Having a business sense and learning everything that you can enables you to start up your business on the right foot as well.  You need to be professional and know how you want to do things… have a business plan that works for YOU!  And most importantly, network and become involved in a professional group, and market yourself so everyone knows who you are and what you do.

What do you do with your personal time to relax, and get away from it all?
We have a lake house in northern Wisconsin, and we all love to go there and boat, fish, ski, tube, jet-ski and just hang out.  I also enjoy working out in our own workout room at home, bike riding and take walks with our Cavalier King Charles, Lucy.  And I love to shop with my two teenage daughters and go to all of their gymnastics, soccer and cross country meets.

Laura, Owner of the Suburban Woman maagazines, says:
What advice would you give women wanting to start their own business?
Have a plan and know your vision.  Be realistic and financially-prepared for every aspect of your venture.  Stay focused and check your attitude daily.  Make sure it is POSITIVE!  Lastly, believe you can.  Work hard and stand tall with determination and faith in God.

What do you do with your personal time to relax, and get away from it all?
Slalom water ski on the Fox River at 6am Saturday mornings with two close friends.  Nothing beats that downtime or workout!

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