Woman of the Week: Rachel Visnovske

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I am so glad I started the Woman of the Week series.  It has been such a joy for me to be able to highlight incredible women going after their dreams.  This week I am excited to feature Rachel Visnovske.  I met Rachel when she was a junior in high school and I knew it then that she would do something impressive when she was older.  Just recently she reached out to me to share incredible news about her future.  I was so proud of her and I wanted her to share with everyone what steps she took to make her dreams a reality.   Fashion is my passion. You have heard a lot of people say this, but to follow through and live it takes hard work and perseverance. My interest in fashion began around age 15. I was enamored with the incredible works of art that designers would … Keep reading

Woman of the Week: Anna Kate DeBerardino

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This week I am excited to feature a young woman who didn’t wait until she graduated college to go after her dreams.  Dreaming Big is not about how old you are.  It’s about having the courage to believe in yourself no matter how crazy or far-fetched it seems to the people around you.  I hope Anna’s story inspires you as much as it inspires me. I’ve only officially been a small business owner for two years, but I feel like I’ve been at it my whole life. From lemonade stands to car washes to dog walking- I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a thirst to build something of my own. I started Kiss My Southern Sass in late March of 2012 while studying as a sophomore at the University of Georgia in Athens. While most 20 year olds were concerned with final exams, part time jobs, and planning their … Keep reading

Woman of the Week: Malena Smith

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Some people have always known what they want to be when they “grow up”, while others take a little while to figure it out (that would be me).  It’s not so much about the “when”, but more about the “how”.  The key is to go after your dreams with crazy conviction and determination.  I’m not going to lie, there will definitely be days when you consider throwing in the towel, but surrounding yourself with inspiring people can make all the difference. For that reason, I want to highlight someone who continually inspires me.  Malena Smith, a former student of mine, is working hard to make her dreams a reality.  I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that big things are headed her way.  Aside from being crazy talented, she is determined and working it big time :). Below, Malena gives us insight into her journey so far: I can’t … Keep reading

Women I Dream of Meeting

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Part of my journey this past year has been interviewing smart, strong and successful women. Although I feel like I have an idea of what it takes to be successful, I’ve been a teacher for twelve years. I love hearing from other women in all fields and learning about their story. Every time I leave an interview I am so inspired and pumped up. I have had the privilege of talking to almost 100 women this past year. St. Louis has some very impressive women and I am incredibly honored that so many people were willing to sit down and talk with me. Now…as you all know, my company is all about dreaming big. This year I’ve decided to share with you some of my big dreams. Although I plan on continuing to interview women locally, I would love to make 2014 my year to meet thought leaders and game … Keep reading

Jia Jiang’s Love Affair with Rejection

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Let’s be honest, at one time or another we have all faced some type of rejection. It could be something small, like asking your parents if you can take their car or something bigger like asking someone to prom. Either way, I don’t know too many people who love to hear the word no. That was until I attended the WDS conference where Jia Jiang spoke about his journey on overcoming rejection. When you watch the video below you will see how he purposely sought out rejection for 100 days straight. His objective for this crazy experiment was to better cope with rejction in the future. After listening to Jia Jiang speak, I’m now trying to look at rejection a little differently. I don’t think no is awesome to hear, but I think it’s more about what value we put into the rejection that makes it so hard. I think we often internalize the no to mean there … Keep reading

You Mean Summer Doesn’t Last Forever…?

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I have bad news for many of you…the school year is right around the corner. Whether you are headed to college or high school, it will be here before you know it. I feel like summer is a tricky time for many.  Throughout the school year, you long for the summer and many of you even count down the days.  When it finally arrives it can feel kind of weird to have so much free-time on your hands. Early on, you may have struggled with feeling bored.  It takes awhile to transition from the rigid schedule of the school year to the mass quantity of time that you now have on your plate. It also seems like right when you get into the swing of things, summer is almost over and it is time to start thinking about the next school year. So the question is, “How do you enjoy the … Keep reading

The Never-ending Journey to the Best Version of Me

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This weeks guest blog post is from an inspiring young woman named Whitney Stream.  I love her message in the blog below, where she shares with us her journey of becoming healthy from the inside out.  I think her message is incredibly important.  So many women struggle with having a healthy body image and loving themselves.  I’m extremely impressed by her passion for healthy living and helping others.  I encourage you to check out her amazing Facebook page called Fit with Whit.  Lacrosse, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, softball, dance, basketball; just to name a few sports I played growing up. It’s safe to say that I’ve been active for the better part of my 22 years of life. However, it wasn’t until this past year or so that I actually realized how important having a healthy lifestyle really is! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. Just because I was … Keep reading

The Next Dr. Phil

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Below is a wonderful blog post written by Kathryn Turek.  She is going into her freshman year in college and was a part of the recent Girls Dreaming Big Personal Growth and Development Trip to Bali.  I am so proud of her for having the confidence to go after her dreams at such a young age.  Dreams are conquerable! That is something I never thought I could tell myself. Throughout my life I had so many interests and some would stick out more than others. Third to seventh grade I had this intense passion for weather. I would keep a weather journal, watch storms as they approach, take pictures, and so many other weather related activities. There was also a time when I wanted to be a teacher…pshhh.That dream ended quickly when I realized the whole homework thing and having to grade papers. I mean who enjoys doing homework, let … Keep reading