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10 Interest Sections – 60+ Columnists. ...REAL WOMEN…REAL LIFE…REAL VOICES... Women’s Voices Magazine is modern, informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining. The 60+ WVM Columnists live in cities and towns all across the United States. They range from 23 to 50+, from single working class mom to seasoned executive, with columns from serious and poignant to down right hilarious and LOL funny.

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~ Read stirring stories of everyday heroes that leave a lasting impression on our lives shared by speaker, writer and producer and host of Your Story Matters...
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~ Everyone loves a story — and this is the place to discover them. Backstories will help nurture your soul, spirit, and intellect. We take a look at the power of...
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~ When you look good, you feel good and you do good! Too often we don’t make looking good, and feeling good about it...
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~ Numerology is a relationship between numbers and the everyday life path of a person. Numerology can give you insight into current and future predictions of love,..
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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_sue-rosen-soul.jpg]Sue Rosen “I Believe in Miracles. Do You?"
~ “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems...
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~ Listen to a voice who speaks not only to immigrant women but to all women about impactful issues we face in our lives as individuals and as citizens of this great nation...
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~ Career Strategist and Chief Career Happiness Officer Julie Bauke believes in you, even though you’ve likely never met. Regardless of where you are in your career...
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~ There are numerous and varied lines that run through our lives. They are patterns, truths and principals. Bottom lines are woven from facts, human consciousness, lessons...
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~ We all live in a digital (electronic-based) world now whether we love it or hate it. Living in this digital world can be wonderful and connective at times...
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~ No matter what it is you do for a living, whether you work for yourself, for someone else, or are working in the home, when you want to do things right...
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~ The impact of connecting with one another can be profound. Author of Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life Sharon Rainey illustrates the numerous ways our...
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~ Whether it is about children, education, animal welfare, disaster and humanitarian relief, human rights, heath, or needed social services, community support and...
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Some People Come into Your Life as a Miracle

Some People Come into Your Life as a Miracle

  By Sue Rosen, April, 2017 – I have learned so much about miracles, as we witness the seasons of change.  I have learned to live, instead of die.  I have learned no matter how many times I extend myself to others, it may not turn out the way I hoped it would.  And, then [Read More!…]

April, 2017 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

April, 2017 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

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The Artful Budget Wedding

The Artful Budget Wedding

  One of the most satisfying days of your life could be your wedding. Joy, beauty, celebration, and ritual, can all be part of the event.  Do you need to go into debt to pull off a gorgeous, memorable wedding?   Absolutely not.  You create a wonderful event that doesn’t leave you flat broke or in [Read More!…]

Which of These 7 Art Elements Best Express Who You Are?

Which of These 7 Art Elements Best Express Who You Are?

  When using art to decorate your home, it helps to know more about art to better reflect who you are and what you like to share in your environment. In all forms of art, basic elements help create each piece. Though not all elements are present in each piece, artists may make use of [Read More!…]

Which of These Different Types of Roses Will You Plant?

Which of These Different Types of Roses Will You Plant?

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DIY – How to Laminate a Countertop - VIDEO

DIY – How to Laminate a Countertop – VIDEO

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Bloody Mary’s Birthday at the Garden Party - VIDEO RECIPE

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It's Never too Late to Start a Family Tradition

It’s Never too Late to Start a Family Tradition

  Family get togethers at holiday time were a regular thing when I was growing up.  It was expected at every major holiday; Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and others, we’d be over at my grandmother’s house. As I became an adult and had children of my own, it was important to me to encourage a love [Read More!…]

Bring New Energy into Your Life with a New Goal

Bring New Energy into Your Life with a New Goal

  This month, I decided to share with everyone one of the reasons why I keep on pushing.  Last month, my daughter told my hubby she was going to a high school technology competition and bringing home an award.  She completed her matter-of-fact statement with, “It’s been 7 years since I won a trophy, so [Read More!…]

YOU STAND UP!

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Do You Make Most of Your Decisions in Life on Auto-Pilot?

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Fear is the Mind Killer

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How to Make Perfectly Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

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Sample & Share Delicious Craft Beers… Explore Something New

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What do Recurring Dream Images or Themes Mean?

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Your Invitation to the Dr. Oz Reunion Party -VIDEO

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Disrupting Beliefs about Aging

Disrupting Beliefs about Aging

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Are You Living & Leading with Intention?

Are You Living & Leading with Intention?

  Living and leading with intention is not always an easy thing. Think about it.  We spend most of our time responding to what is happening around us. We reply to emails; we return calls, we “like” something on Facebook, we react to something someone says or does. And, most often, our response is not [Read More!…]

Trump &Teddy… How 2 New Yorkers Changed the Republican Party

Trump &Teddy… How 2 New Yorkers Changed the Republican Party

  In December 2016, former House Speaker John Boehner compared then President-elect Trump to the 26th President of the United States, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.  The former House Speaker said Trump’s confident persona resembles that of the Progressive Era reformer, Teddy Roosevelt.  The mainstream media heavily criticized Boehner’s comparison, but there is more than just a [Read More!…]

A Political Commentary… More Thoughts on the Trump Administration

A Political Commentary… More Thoughts on the Trump Administration

  Well, it seems to me that politics as usual has entered the White Fortress at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C.  Despite all the talking to the contrary of draining the proverbial swamp, politics has managed to seep under the cracks. First, there was the issue with the crowd size of the President’ Inauguration. [Read More!…]

The All-Out Assault on the Rule of Law

The All-Out Assault on the Rule of Law

  The rule of law is the foundation that supports the pillars of our democracy. It creates a social contract and is the arbiter of disputes as well as the insurer of basic human rights. Lofty stuff, but what exactly is the rule of law? The World Justice Project offers a four-pronged functional definition. The government and [Read More!…]

What does Culture Say about a Leader, a Business, or a Nation?

What does Culture Say about a Leader, a Business, or a Nation?

  Respected scholarship, both ancient and modern, provides a clear picture of Spartan culture. The surprising thing is that Spartan militarism was a cultural response, very different from that of Athens, to the threats that faced the then flowering ideas of freedom, justice, and democracy in Greek civilisation. Not only did Spartans seek to protect [Read More!…]

8 Tips for Dealing with Leadership that’s Not Worth the Effort - VIDEO

8 Tips for Dealing with Leadership that’s Not Worth the Effort – VIDEO

  Ever have one of those conversations that left you shaking your head after you left the room?  You were amazed regarding the inappropriate leadership behavior and lack of simple management skills of the leader conducting the meeting? Yes, admit it.  Those meetings are incredibly hard to take, especially when you know the person has [Read More!…]

The 3 Keys to an Effective Business Strategy

The 3 Keys to an Effective Business Strategy

  What does the word strategy mean? Google defines it as derived from the Greek word strategia, which means generalship and refers to leading an army.  In the military sense, it means the art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle.  In the business sense, it refers to [Read More!…]

7 Tips to Help You Transition when Major Company Changes Come

7 Tips to Help You Transition when Major Company Changes Come

  A common business practice seems to be more and more companies are always reinventing how things are done.  Restructuring is very common place in the working world today.  And, when change happens, that change can throw the workforce into a tailspin. Because of this practice, outside consulting companies are being hired to make recommendations [Read More!…]

5 Customer Engagements Trending in 2017

5 Customer Engagements Trending in 2017

  Today’s must-have-it-now society has grown smarter and more knowledgeable about consumer arousal.  Formidable techniques like flashy commercials and cute kids to endorse products are less entertaining and even less effective to push sales.  Like within the shift on law enforcement to show video footage in order to quickly capture criminals at large, coaches are [Read More!…]

Mistakes Happen at Work... How do You React?

Mistakes Happen at Work… How do You React?

  Oops.  You screwed up, or someone on your team did.  Big time. Recently, a fellow small business owner was telling me a story about a trusted employee of hers who made a big mistake.  She prefaced this story with the fact the two of them had worked together for close to a decade, and [Read More!…]

A Will to Overcome Fear Everyone Will Want to Read... Me & a Manatee

A Will to Overcome Fear Everyone Will Want to Read… Me & a Manatee

  Part 1 – Overcoming Fear There are moments that change your life forever; events in which you instinctively know you will never be the same.   This is my story about two species, each overcoming fears, and the ensuing spiritual exchange. It started on a sunny Florida morning.  As the pontoon boat slowly moved into [Read More!…]

Do You Agree Modern Business has become a Facade?

Do You Agree Modern Business has become a Facade?

  Business is just a façade. Really. Just a façade. Drive down any ‘old’ American ‘main street’ – you see rows of properties that look quite beautiful from a ‘full frontal’ view. But down the sides, even when houses are on a corner, not so much. The buildings are built to be viewed from a [Read More!…]

Painful Events, Stories & Company Culture

Painful Events, Stories & Company Culture

  Stories can be powerful tools to shape behavior and dramatically communicate expectations. Wise executives continually seek for opportunities to capture and then relate a story that supports and illustrates the organization’s culture. If the story can be tied to a piece of physical support, then it’s even better. Here’s an example. In the days [Read More!…]

6 Practical Ways to Cut Training Costs

6 Practical Ways to Cut Training Costs

  According to Training Magazine, U.S. companies spent $70.6 billion on training products and services in 2015. That’s a chunk of change. But even if you have a hefty training budget, it makes sense to spend it wisely. (Maybe you’ll have enough left over to hire Van Halen for the holiday party.) And if money’s [Read More!…]

Jumping On the Bandwagon: Businesses Distort Happiness Science with New Job Titles

Jumping On the Bandwagon: Businesses Distort Happiness Science with New Job Titles

  A quick view of entry level position descriptions reveals a systemic misunderstanding by businesses and human resource departments of the source of happiness. I think they’re shooting themselves in the foot when they misuse the word happiness. At the very least, they reveal their lack of knowledge of the science of happiness. Carrot Creative [Read More!…]

6 Positive Responses to an ‘It is what it is’ Problem

6 Positive Responses to an ‘It is what it is’ Problem

  There are moments each day where we are all faced with situations that we wish we didn’t have to face. As a business owner, you are faced with business decisions based on something or some things that didn’t go according to plan such as irate customers, mistakes by employees, errors by suppliers, or constant [Read More!…]

Vision Based Planning…Tool & Techniques

Vision Based Planning…Tool & Techniques

  As mentioned in the 11-Step VBP Part 2, the future is about potential and possibility, not a regurgitation of the past. This is the most important and least understood, part of the VBP workshop process. Planning is not about making the future look like the past, it’s about possibilities and potential, and that requires [Read More!…]

Cocktails & Alcohol in the Digital Age

Cocktails & Alcohol in the Digital Age

  We are finally past mid-winter, and while the northeast has had mild weather for the most part, we still can’t wait for spring to arrive.  Frankly, I am looking forward to all of what spring promises including the social whirl and other activities that follow the good weather.  What that means to me is [Read More!…]

4 Solid Reasons to Follow Companies on LinkedIn - VIDEO

4 Solid Reasons to Follow Companies on LinkedIn – VIDEO

  LinkedIn can be one of your best lead generation and new business development tools online. In today’s social media savvy world, it’s all about “starting a dialogue” or “continuing a conversation.” Following companies on LinkedIn is an easy way to be tuned into what’s going on in a company you’d like to do business [Read More!…]

What You Need to Know to Write a News Release Like a Pro

What You Need to Know to Write a News Release Like a Pro

  Talk about a winning technology trend! With the arrival of news release services like PR Newswire, Business Wire, PRWeb, PR.com, OnlinePRNews, eReleases, and others, there is no excuse for not getting your news out to the world. With a properly crafted news release, your news will be accepted for distribution – for a fee. [Read More!…]

When Bad Things Happen… 5 Steps to Take to Still Choose ‘Good’

When Bad Things Happen… 5 Steps to Take to Still Choose ‘Good’

  “Sad things happen. They do. But we don’t need to live sad forever.” – Mattie Stepanek We have all had our share of unfortunate circumstances and challenges. Some have been worse than others. The deaths of loved ones, an illness, or a life changing injury are just a few of the worse circumstances we [Read More!…]

How Would You & Your Kids Like to Learn Coding by Playing a Board Game?

How Would You & Your Kids Like to Learn Coding by Playing a Board Game?

  “I am often stunned and charmed by the simple brilliance of what children say.  But, you have to be willing to listen.” – Mike Farrell When I was a child, we often didn’t have a television.  Consequently, we spent a lot of time as a family with other diversions including playing board games.  One [Read More!…]

Do you have a Personal Creed? If not, Create One in 4 Easy Steps!

Do you have a Personal Creed? If not, Create One in 4 Easy Steps!

  “It’s not only moving that creates new starting points.  Sometimes, all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, and intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” – Kristin Armstrong Spring means new beginnings, moving forward, and weeding out [Read More!…]

When the Road is Smooth, Why do We Throw Stones on it?  Do You?

When the Road is Smooth, Why do We Throw Stones on it? Do You?

  A few days back, a quote I had heard years and years ago kept repeating itself all day in my head.  The older I get, the more this seems to be a regular experience for me.  The quote as I remember it says, “The road is smooth, why do you throw stones on it?” It [Read More!…]

Crossroads in Life bring Positive Changes & Needed Growth

Crossroads in Life bring Positive Changes & Needed Growth

  We all face crossroads at times throughout our lives.  These crossroads can result in unexpected changes in our lives.  Being open to change and embracing what comes our way allows for continuing growth. Some people are bold and fearless and dive into major life changes, while others are only comfortable with making small changes [Read More!…]

Do You Want Control of Your Time Back?

Do You Want Control of Your Time Back?

  Rebecca was a strong minded individual, definite about what she wanted.  She was never one to hold back on her point of view.  She was a caring person who listened and spoke in equal measure and was respected for being calm and assured. Such authority and assurance was soon noted, and Rebecca found she [Read More!…]

Stress Management when Faced with Resistance to Change

Stress Management when Faced with Resistance to Change

  Change is inevitable both personally and in the workplace and is often stressful. To be effective in managing change in the workplace, upper management and leaders need to be aware of and be sensitive to the resistance to change. They also need to be strong in stress management that requires flexibility. What are the [Read More!…]

4 Ruts that will Sink Your Leadership

4 Ruts that will Sink Your Leadership

  Years ago when the western U.S. was being settled, roads were often just wagon tracks. These rough trails posed serious problems for those who journeyed them. On one of these winding paths was posted a sign which read: ”Avoid this rut or you’ll be in it for the next 25 miles!”. Just as the [Read More!…]

Do You Know the Importance of Confidence, Inspiration & Motivation?

Do You Know the Importance of Confidence, Inspiration & Motivation?

  “Confidence Imparts A Wonderful Inspiration to Its Possessor.” –  John Milton  CONFIDENCE: The underlying foundation stone of progress continues to gain significant respect from so many quarters. Hundreds of thousands of books, treatises, studies and research papers are obtainable on this characteristic. Experts from multiple fields of study have attributed their individual growth curve [Read More!…]

What Leaders Can & Should Learn from Cats

What Leaders Can & Should Learn from Cats

  By now, many of you know I am a big fan of our furry feline friends and that I have a Tuxedo Cat named Juice who is a bundle of energy combined with unbridled love for her “parents.” Juice like most cats is fiercely independent in addition to being a sound and sensible decision [Read More!…]

What Makes a Great Leader?  The Hidden Power of EQ & SQ

What Makes a Great Leader? The Hidden Power of EQ & SQ

  Many of us are wondering what makes a truly great leader in today’s ever-changing work, social and political environments. It’s easy to frequently ask that question when we see well-chronicled evidence of the wide spectrum of leadership capacity today – from lousy to great. We in the leadership development field have in the past [Read More!…]

8 Strategies to Neutralize Negative People

8 Strategies to Neutralize Negative People

  It’s Friday afternoon and you are determined to end your work week on a positive note. The only problem is the chronic complainer in the next cubicle. Just leaning over and decking the offender isn’t an option (though apparently many of you may wish it were) so how can you neutralize the person’s negativity [Read More!…]

Use Meyers-Briggs, Personalysis & DiSC as Communication Tools

Use Meyers-Briggs, Personalysis & DiSC as Communication Tools

  I just saw a “game” on Facebook that got my attention.  It said “Each of us possesses different types of personality that fall in the certain category. There are basically four types of people in this world. You can only fit into one of these four personalities; which one is it?” The call to [Read More!…]

How-To & Benefits of Starting a Community Garden in Your Neighborhood

How-To & Benefits of Starting a Community Garden in Your Neighborhood

  My dear friend Amy McDaniel and I recently had the pleasure of cooking at our local community kitchen, for 50 local shut-ins. This was a first for me.  And I was surprised to learn 50 shut-ins is the tip of the iceberg in our community.  There are 300+ on the waiting list for this [Read More!…]

Military Family Travel Resources, Discounts, & Waivers

Military Family Travel Resources, Discounts, & Waivers

  As military families around the world celebrate Easter and Passover this month, the thoughts turn to family.  Spending time with family is a luxury for most mil fams, but the spring holidays offer an extra incentive.  Spring Break from school is usually offered up at this time too.  So, this year, take time to [Read More!…]

Today’s Milspouse Way of Life… Resources & a Handbook

Today’s Milspouse Way of Life… Resources & a Handbook

  Military life as we know it has gotten a lot easier over the years.  My husband just retired after over twenty-six years of active duty service.  As I look back over those years, I see the leaps and bounds we have made in our ‘society,’ and I am excited by most, but then a [Read More!…]

What You Need to Know about Domestic Abuse - VIDEO

What You Need to Know about Domestic Abuse – VIDEO

  The legal definition of domestic abuse is any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household on another. We hear about it on the news, and we read about it in the paper. Many of us know someone who is in an abusive relationship. [Read More!…]

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Emotional Closet & Update Yourself

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Emotional Closet & Update Yourself

Have you ever talked with someone or read their Facebook statuses and they are constantly reminding the world they are a divorcee, victim of violence, insecure, or their world is crashing every day.  There are some emotional outfits that people constantly wear every day reminding them of their struggles as victims.  They seem to have [Read More!…]

The Sensual, Elegant Saris of India!

The Sensual, Elegant Saris of India!

  It was the last day of college, and my excitement of doing an MBA was eclipsed by the fact I was to wear a sari to the college function that day. Most American girls will relate this to their prom event. Three weeks before my college valedictory function, I met with my besties, and [Read More!…]

Bring the Outdoors In… Decorating with House Plant Art

Bring the Outdoors In… Decorating with House Plant Art

  By Monica Hagen, March, 2017 – Many of us love companions in our homes, such as family members, friends, and pets.  But, what about plants? Some of us have no desire to maintain plants.  Other people impulse-buy a potted beauty or two and try to keep them alive.  A few of us revel in [Read More!…]

March, 2017 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

March, 2017 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

  I love the beauty of the snow, but wow, has it been a brutal winter for most of us or what?  I’m so ready for spring!  It’s a time to come alive again and get outside after being indoors most of the time these past few months! I think spring is a joyful time [Read More!…]