Born and raised on government assistance, Kimra Luna was inspired to do more with her life once she became a wife and a mother. She wanted to help people on a large scale but wasn’t sure how and where to start.
After discovering how moms were blogging and building businesses online, Kimra knew that she could make a difference with her passion for teaching.
Kimra was committed to creating the life of her dreams. In May 2014 she launched her business kimraluna.com and made over $900,000 in sales during her first year.
In this episode, Kimra takes us on her journey from where she started to where she is now, and where she’s planning to go with her online empire.
Build Your Business from a Place of Service
Kimra built her brand and her business by making genuine connections on Facebook. While on welfare, she started a vegan support group for moms and spent a lot of time answering questions and helping her members. Making friends came easily for Kimra as she is naturally outgoing and loves to socialize.
She quickly became known as an expert in her group and in other FB groups because she spoke up and offered solutions. People trusted her and believed that she could help them because of the relationships she had already established.
For women who aren’t as outgoing, Kimra encourages them to be themselves. Know your strengths and become known for what you’re passionate about doing. If you’re great at teaching, then do that. Whatever you’re good at it, do it with passion.
You Have to Get in Front of People
Kimra talked about the importance of putting yourself out there. Get in front of people so they know how you can solve their problems. She cautions listeners about being a ‘hidden gem’ or the best kept secret. If you really want to help people, you have to get over your fear of being in front of them.
Overcoming Your Fears
Kimra shared insight on how to overcome your fear of speaking in front of people. Once you start putting yourself out there, sharing your knowledge and teaching, people will want more from you. The more you stay in action, doing the thing you fear the most, the easier it becomes and your fear gets smaller each time.
Kimra’s Thoughts on Being a Mom Who’s Following Her Dreams
When Kimra had her oldest son she only wanted to focus on being a mom. She believed that she was supposed to set her dreams aside. But it didn’t take long for Kimra to realize that it was possible for her to pursue her passion and dreams while taking care of her family. She had to get over her mom guilt and get clear on why she was pursuing her dreams.
The key to launching your dreams as a mom is to know what matters most. Once you know what that is, do more of it. For Kimra, owning a successful business allowed her to retire her husband and spend more time with her family. It’s important that her husband is in her sons’ lives and that he gets to spend quality time with them every day. She can afford a lifestyle that she never had because of her commitment to her goals. She’s living the life of her dreams that she created out of her desire to make a difference.
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When Judy Graybill’s relationship ended ten years ago, she joined the 70% of stepfamilies who break up. Despite their love for each other, Judy and her ex couldn’t find a way to resolve their issues and make it work.
She was heartbroken, angry and resentful and wanted to get to a place of healing and happiness. Judy discovered the Stepfamily Foundation, where she learned that her experiences were very common. She was able to identify the cause of her breakup and heal by learning more about stepfamily dynamics.
Becoming a certified Stepfamily Coach through the Stepfamily Foundation was a no-brainer for Judy - she wanted to help other families who were struggling with the same issues. Having a background in psychology and sociology helped her transition successfully into stepfamily coaching.
As a speaker, educator, and writer, Judy Graybill “helps stressed out stepparents and their spouses argue less and relax more”.
Contrary to what many people believe, having love for each other is not enough to make a stepfamily work. In fact, it’s the exact opposite and Judy explains why that is.
Biggest Challenge for Blended Families: Difference in Parenting Styles
Judy explained how different parenting styles can add stress to blended families. When both adults have their own way of raising their children, this can lead to arguments and tension unless they know how to communicate and work through their differences.
Another level to this challenge is co-parenting with the ex. Instead of having 2 adults raising children, blended families may have 3 or 4 adults who are involved. It can be very challenging to raise children in an environment where all the adults have different parenting styles and can’t agree.
Risks Associated with Unhealthy Blended Family Environments
Children who grow up in families with tension, constant arguing and unresolved issues often don’t learn how to have healthy relationships as adults. They are at greater risk of having multiple relationships and potentially divorce, according to Judy.
They tend to have low self-esteem and lower grades than children in stable families. In extreme cases, children drop out of high school or run away from home to try to escape their unhealthy environment.
3 Starter Questions to Create Positive Change your Family
Judy recommends that couples ask themselves these questions. She cautions that if you identify everyone else except yourself for question #1, then you may not be ready for change.
When working with her clients, Judy uses these questions as a baseline to identify the root of their issues. She co-creates a plan that helps couples resolve their issues. During their time together, Judy frequently checks in to see how they’re progressing and determine if any adjustments to the plan are needed.
Judy discussed ‘conscious uncoupling’ as a goal for blended families.
The term ‘conscious uncoupling’ applies to separated or divorced couples. It is the idea of being conscious of how your actions affect other people. When you are conscious of this, you are able to set your feelings aside and deal with them in private so you protect your children, your ex and others from certain behaviors directly related to your feelings.
This can be difficult for couples who end explosively, but it’s something that both parties can work toward. For couples who separate on a more amicable level, such as growing apart or falling out of love over the years, achieving conscious uncoupling is often an easier process.
Conscious uncoupling is beneficial to everyone involved. If you’re struggling with your feelings and finding it hard to cope, you should seek professional help.
Judy’s Tips for Starting A Passion-Based Business that Helps Others:
Judy’s Suggested Resource:
Hay House Radio, that offers 24/7 all-talk radio on mind, body, and health topics. You can listen live or purchase a membership and listen to pre-recorded shows.
She is offering co-parenting workshops in the Phoenix, AZ area. Judy teaches parents how to transform strained relationships into working co-parenting relationships. If you’re in that area, contact Judy for more information.
She’s creating information products to help families heal strained relationships and help stepfamilies become resilient to the challenges that usually break them apart. Judy has created a Blueprint for Change and is working on a 6-week course.
Where You Can Find Judy Online
Facebook: Judy Graybill and Stepfamily Coach
Judy’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“Be willing to challenge your own beliefs. It’s one of the hardest things to do, but it can be one of the most liberating.” ~Judy Graybill
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To Your Dreams & Success,
Sara Speicher is an international bestselling author, an entrepreneur, a mom, and a wife. She helps female entrepreneurs build flexible businesses around family time. She goes beyond marketing strategies, sales scripts, and confidence exercises. She integrates her consulting and coaching expertise and designs profitable business models for on-the-go moms.
In this episode Sara tells us how she developed an interest in consulting as a college student and how her early years as an entrepreneur felt like a dream.
After returning to her business from maternity leave, Sara realized that she was no longer fulfilled. In order to figure out the right direction to go in, she turned inward and starting identifying her inner strengths and what she was truly passionate about. Sara discovered that she wanted to serve her clients on a deeper level. That’s when she transitioned into business consulting and coaching.
How to Tap Into Your Inner Strength and Find Fulfillment
Sara recommends reading the book, Strength Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath and taking the assessment. This will help you learn things about yourself that you may not know right now.
Sara believes that as a busy mom pouring a lot of energy into your business, it’s important that you enjoy your work. If you don’t enjoy your work, it’s harder to stay motivated and keep going when you’re taking care of your kids during the day and pulling all-nighters to complete work for your business.
As Your Life Evolves, So Will Your Business
Sara explained how you need to make adjustments in your business as your life evolves. She gives the example of a family having a second child and how the business will take a back seat to the new baby. You, as the business owner, will need to make decisions about how you will adjust your business to fit into your new life.
As your children grow up they will need you to be present in different ways. Again, being aware of this and prepared to adjust your business operations will serve you well.
The same is true in your relationships. Be flexible and willing to adjust your business hours so you can devote time to your significant other.
How to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed As You Build Your Business
Sara shared her tip on increasing your energy while closing sales. When she has to close an important sale or have a conversation with a client, Sara stands up and walks around to increase her energy flow. She suggests watching powerful Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Click here to watch this video.
Circling The Sun, by Benka Pulko.
An inspiring story written by the first woman who traveled the world on a motorcycle. This personal development book inspires you to examine your personal strengths, your desires, and your dreams.
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and the Competition Irrelevant, by Renee Marborgne & W. Chan Kim.
This business book teaches the strategy of creating ‘blue oceans’ that consist of fresh, “untapped new market spaces”.
Both books are available on Amazon.
Sara is working on a new product that helps moms build businesses that create a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility.
She is offering a free PDF guide for listeners of today’s episode. Simply send her an email at Sara@saraoblakspeicher.com and mention that you heard her interview on the Moms With Dreams Show podcast to get your copy.
Where You Can Find Sara Online:
Facebook: Her personal profile is Sara Oblak Speicher.
Sara’s Parting Words of Wisdom:
“One dream can change your life.”
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To Your Dreams & Success!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Erica Castner, a certified coach who’s known as the “Queen of Results”. Erica is passionate about the personal development of women and has built a business that helps entrepreneurs achieve the results they want. She is the host of the Proclamation of Persistence podcast series and hosts weekly calls where she provides practical advice for working moms.
In this episode Erica tells us how she became known as the Queen of Results and why she kept that title and built a brand around it.
Check out the highlights from my interview with Erica.
Erica’s take on overcoming doubt in your ability to succeed as an entrepreneur:
Erica recognizes that women often have doubts about their abilities to succeed as emerging entrepreneurs. With access to so many resources, and witnessing the success of others, new entrepreneurs can become overwhelmed and begin to question whether or not they have what it takes to be successful.
Erica believes that having resources to show you how to start and run a business are important. But even more importantly is your mindset. In Erica’s opinion, the best way to develop a winning mindset is to get help from a professional such as a coach, counselor, or mentor or join a mastermind group.
Hiring a coach provides accountability and keeps you focused on moving forward with your goals.
How Erica helps women create results in their businesses:
Erica works with entrepreneurs in her mastermind group, helping them strengthen and grow their business. Her primary focus is building a business through networking and partnerships. Her mastermind provides access to resources that help new entrepreneurs connect with established business owners and potential clients. Erica teaches her mastermind clients how to create a professional social media presence and utilize different platforms for business growth.
Erica’s Best Business-Building Tip:
Build a network early on in your business. You don’t have to build your business alone, despite what you may think. Establishing relationships and partnerships will accelerate your business much faster than doing it solo.
Adjusting to Stepmom Life:
Erica was “gifted” into step-motherhood when she married her husband, Ed. She admits that it was challenging in the beginning, but her family worked through it by creating honest, open lines of communication. This helped her stepchildren feel comfortable voicing their feelings and concerns and also helped Erica adjust in her new role as stepmom.
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Maura Sweeney is an author, podcaster, international speaker, world traveler and a Huffington Post blogger. Her mantra is, “living happy – inside out” and she was recently named Ambassador of Happiness by UNESCO Center for Peace. A former corporate manager, business manager and home schooling mom, Maura stepped out of her comfort zone to pursue a lifestyle career and invites others to join her in doing the same.
Maura can be seen everywhere – from around the block to around the globe looking for great people, great stories, and good news to share.
In this episode Maura shares her journey of discovering personal happiness and how you can, too.
“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.” ~ Brene Brown, from Daring Greatly
In this final episode of 2015, I share the 3 biggest achievements that I made in my business and the 10 lessons I learned as a result.
I compiled this list with the hopes that these lessons will help you in your journey. You may have heard them before, but you may hear something differently that helps you take action or get unstuck.
Thank you for being a part of my community! Wishing you a prosperous, happy and healthy New Year!!
“There are different stages in your life for doing different things. It may be in your 40s and 50s that this is the time for you…to find out what you really want to do.” ~Louise Armstrong
Louise Armstrong is a Midlife Transition Coach for women. She’s on a mission to help women gain confidence and clarity to enjoy their lives so they can remove barriers and enjoy inner peace and contentment in their careers, relationships and health.
As a mom who experienced empty nest syndrome when her three children moved out of her home, Louise relates to women who struggle through this and other life-changing events. Her expertise lies in defining and removing emotional blocks like low self-esteem, low self-worth, the burden of responsibility, fear, guilt and much more.
In this episode, Louise shares her personal and professional journey that led her to where she is today.
“Fear is always going to be with you. You can allow it to walk with you, but you can’t allow it to stop you.” ~Erica Aker
Erica Aker is a 20+ year veteran in the beauty industry serving as a licensed stylist, cosmetology instructor, certified colorist educator, a certified trichologist and a business coach.
Erica helps beauty professionals structure their businesses with proven principles that promote professionalism, long-term growth and financial security. She is the author of How to Build Momentum in Your Business and considers herself to be a “forever student”.
“Your brand, like when you’re building your house, is the foundation of your business.” ~Mimika Cooney
Born in South Africa, Mimika Cooney is a TV host, published author, speaker and a business, branding and video marketing expert. Her passion is helping entrepreneurs attract their perfect clients and position their brands for higher sales by sharing her branding and marketing expertise. Mimika is also a loving wife and mom of three beautiful children. In this episode, Mimika shares how she balances being a mom, and a TV host while operating her consulting and coaching business.
“When you believe that you can do this and there’s no other option, the Universe will meet you there. God will meet you there.” ~Kanesha Morrison
Kanesha Morrison is a wife and mother of three sons under the age of 6. She went from being on welfare to earning six figures in less than 9 months. Kanesha leads more than 20,000 women through her makeup company. Kanesha lives by the value of asking, believing and achieving in order to be all that God has called you to be.
Talmar Anderson is the Founder of Talmar it Up, LLC, an operations and management firm. With over 20 years of experience managing multi-million dollar businesses, she easily and quickly applies her insights to help her clients expand their business operations and increase their profits.
Talmar is a loving wife and mother of a handsome little boy. She is dedicated to her family and treasures time spent together.
In this episode Talmar shares her intimate journey of mompreneurship, including the ups and downs.
L.J Jackson of Personal Power Within, Inc. is an award-winning women’s empowerment expert, mentor, inspirational speaker, executive producer, author, certified Master NLP coach & success coach with 20 years of experience helping thousands save their dreams. She’s a strategic interventionist trained through Tony Robbins’ official life coach training program. L.J. is also a trained and experienced school counselor and psychologist, assisting parents in understanding themselves and their children.
In this episode L.J. shares her personal journey of discovering her inner power after feeling lost and unclear about her purpose.
Susan LeBron is a mom of six, a military wife and the author of the newly released book, No Fig Leaves Allowed: Getting Emotionally Naked. After healing her own relationships, Susan is on a mission to help others strengthen and protect their relationships. She teaches couples how to recognize intimacy barriers that often prevent them from being completely honest with each other. Susan wrote No Fig Leaves Allowed so couples would know how to create a safe haven in which they remove intimacy barriers so they could freely love each other.
“It’s all about setting short-term goals to achieve long-term goals, doing little things each day that turn into a lifestyle.” ~Teresa Robinson
Teresa Robinson is a health and fitness coach, yoga practitioner, a mom of four, a dedicated wife all while working a full-time job. Since childhood Teresa has had a passion for sports and spending time outdoors. After having children, she struggled with her weight and hit a low point when she realized that the weight wasn’t coming off.
After having her third child, Teresa decided enough was enough. She started doing Pilates, adding a little more each day. Teresa then made a promise to herself and to her family that she would maintain a healthy lifestyle and set a good example for her children. Eventually Teresa’s passion drove her to become a health and fitness coach. She is currently pursuing her certification as a yoga instructor and is looking forward to helping others make health and fitness a lifestyle.
Tiffany Nycole Smith is the CEO & Founder of Tiffany Nycole International and a life and business success coach for women. Drawing on her personal journey as a mother who brought herself through a divorce, coupled with her expertise in psychology, Tiffany teaches women how they can achieve happy, fulfilled lives even after a devastating loss or failure.
In this episode Tiffany shares her journey from divorce to entrepreneurship and her challenges as a single mom. Tiffany breaks down the obstacles that often keep women stuck in their own negative thinking and tools they can use to set themselves free.
Dr. Denise Dennis is the founder of Prepared Mind Coaching, LLC and the author of Make That Change! 8 Steps for Crafting Your Ideal Life and The B.O.S.S. Journal: Set Quarterly Goals, Track Daily Progress and Be a Business on the Side Success!. Dr. Dennis helps entrepreneurs grow their business on the side while they continue to work their full-time jobs. One of her favorite quotes by Louis Pasteur, “Chance favors the prepared mind”, summarizes her vision of coaching and life. Chances and opportunities come into our lives, but we can only make the most of them when our minds are prepared.
During our conversation Dr. Dennis shared helpful strategies and lessons she’s learned along to help entrepreneurs build their side businesses.
Shanon Lee is a professional writer, editor, web designer and creates social media marketing plans for small business owners & entrepreneurs. Shanon is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of SomeSayLove.com, a contributing writer for Hearst Digital Magazines and a featured columnist for Divorcedmoms.com. Divorced twice herself, Shanon is now enjoying a healthy, loving relationship and is the mom of four beautiful children.
During our conversation, Shanon talked about her love of writing, how she blends her business with motherhood and her journey to becoming a paid, professional writer.
“We are all here with a purpose and we all have a mission in life.” – Julie Starr
An award winning social issues advocate for human rights and environmental protection, Julie Starr has long been a dreamer and a doer. Determined to realize her own dreams, Julie founded Possibility Life Coaching for Women. A mother and a grandmother, Julie works intimately with women across North America who are eager to achieve personal growth, live their best lives and leave a positive mark on the world.
Julie is passionate about helping women embrace their significance and achieve their dreams. She is a firm believer that good things are going to happen.
Avalaura Beharry, known as the Spiritual Sage, is an executive coach, a life coach and a spiritual counselor who dedicates her life to assisting influential women with living their best lives. As the founder of Avalaura’s Healing Center, she uses a holistic approach to help women deal with challenges and life issues that stop them from living fully. Avalaura is known for helping her clients discover who they are and their deeply rooted issues, by taking them through her proprietary process from breakdown to breakthrough.
“Most women are pretty organized as is. We just have to figure out a way to balance our outside circumstances.” ~ De Bolton
De Bolton, a wife and mom of three daughters, is a champion for work-at-home moms everywhere. De is an award-winning entrepreneur and was named South Jersey Biz Best of Biz for Organizational Specialist. Her small business expertise and rock star sales and recruiting success led her to launch De Bolton Enterprises. She is the published author of the Consultant Organizer Planner for Success and the Entrepreneur Planner for Success. De combines her knowledge and expertise to help her clients feel better, work efficiently and live simply.
Rachel Tenpenny Crawford is a mother, wife, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, healing educator, and co-founder and tea creator at Teamotions.
The inspiration for Teamotions came after her twin daughters Aubrey and Ellie died in 2008 just a few weeks after they were born. Together with her sister, Crystal Tenpenny, these women are on a mission to share their message of hope and healing one cup of tea at a time.
In this episode listeners feel Rachel’s passion for healing hearts after the loss of a child.
Aisha Taylor, the CEO and founder of FN Phenomenal, is a financial freedom expert who brings a fresh twist to wealth consciousness. Although Aisha had been well-instructed on how to manage money, she fell into the trap of “keeping up with the Joneses” and had to develop a positive relationship with money in order to reach financial freedom.
In this interview Aisha shares how she started FN Phenomenal and went from struggling and pinching pennies to gaining financial freedom. Aisha also broke down the steps that you can take to get yourself out of debt and “on the right side of the money equation”.
Interestingly enough, Aisha doesn’t encourage her clients to get a part-time job to supplement their income. She explains why and also shares creative ways that you can generate additional income.
Lastly, Aisha gave away the secrets for moms to prepare healthy meals at great prices. These secrets will save you money and time!
Dr. Samantha Madhosingh, known as America’s “Holistic Success Doctor®”, is a loving mother, a licensed psychologist and a certified coach. She teaches people how to Strike It Happy™ by helping them understand that success has very little to do with luck and everything to do with how they view the world as well as their desire and willingness to live boldly and out loud. Dr. Samantha uses her unique set of skills and practical techniques for change, including advanced cognitive therapy and positive psychology approaches. Combining her expertise as a coach and a psychologist, Samantha supports her clients in creating a happy, successful life by design.
During our interview, Samantha shared her journey from working with children early in her career to starting her private practice, where she helps adults create holistic happiness and success on their own terms.
Danielle K. Howell is a wife, a mother of 4, and a successful online Life & Business Coach. Danielle specializes in helping mompreneurs across the world achieve success. From losing her mother to cancer at 15 and dropping out of high school to care for her younger sister, Danielle is no stranger to challenges. Despite her circumstances, Danielle was determined to be successful.
After losing her mother, Danielle became health conscious and wanted to help other women live healthier lives. She started her entrepreneurial journey as a health & wellness coach. Her clients learned how to eat healthier and make their health a priority. Danielle even organized walks and taught workshops on health and nutrition.
Recently, Danielle transitioned her business into online coaching for moms. Using her personal experience as a mother and her training, Danielle teaches women that they can be mothers and run a successful business at the same time.