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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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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_linda-strausser-soul.jpg]Linda Strausser "Life Lessons with Linda: Numerology"
~ 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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~ “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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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_lynda-colter-bergh-economy.jpg]Lynda Colter-Bergh "Bottom Lines"
~ 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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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_angela-schaefers-impact.jpg]Angela Schaefers "Stories Matter. Yours. Mine. Theirs."
~ 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 show...
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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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[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_sharon-rainey-community.jpg]Sharon E. Rainey "The Ripple Effect"
~ 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...
[img src=http://www.womensvoicesmagazine.com/wp-content/flagallery/columnists/thumbs/thumbs_tracie-rampley-impact.jpg]Tracie Rampley "Support Community Be-Cause it Matters"
~ 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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Is ‘Real’ Romance Flowers, Gifts, Dinners, or Something More?

Is ‘Real’ Romance Flowers, Gifts, Dinners, or Something More?

  By Arlene Switzer Flynn, February, 2016 – Romance, it’s what keeps life not just interesting but makes life a joy to behold. It’s the breath of, dare I say, the heart beat of life itself. It’s happiness of the highest order, and once you’ve known it, you’ll never want to let it go. Receiving [Read More!…]

February, 2016 - Greetings from the Executive Editor

February, 2016 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

  I have a happy marriage, and I feel lucky about it.  My husband wasn’t the first relationship in my life though.  I had two long relationships before him. The first was with my high school sweetheart, and he was the measure of every man I dated after him.  My second long term relationship was [Read More!…]

How Architecture Affects Your Daily Life

How Architecture Affects Your Daily Life

  I love architecture. It can give us a sense of place, such as adobe pueblos in New Mexico or earthy rock-faced Tuscan villas. Other homes create moods, like sleek modern buildings with lots of glass surrounding open floor plans. But how does architecture affect our daily lives? Good architecture provides a space that makes [Read More!…]

A Designer’s Pro Tips to Creating Fun Rooms Your Kids will Love

A Designer’s Pro Tips to Creating Fun Rooms Your Kids will Love

  Most recently my focus has been on my little ones! My beautiful daughter was born on June 16th of this year beautiful, healthy and loud and my son, Nigel, turned 3 years old two months later. For a lot of you, school has just started and maybe your little ones, or not so little [Read More!…]

9 Practical Daily Beauty Uses for Olive Oil – RECIPE Too!

9 Practical Daily Beauty Uses for Olive Oil – RECIPE Too!

  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates Do something unexpected for the one you love that’s both romantic and intriguing. Take a relaxing bath together, with olive oil! How often have you seen secrets from the past catch up to the future? Well it has happened again. An ancient [Read More!…]

Family Talk… What Makes Romantic Relationships Last?

Family Talk… What Makes Romantic Relationships Last?

  What are the three most important qualities in a successful romantic relationship? ​ JAY – Carmel, IN, Executive, 1 Son, Brenda’s Husband – The three most important qualities in a successful romantic relationship are trust, mutual interests, and a strong sense of humor.  Maybe compatible interests instead of mutual interests, but either way, there [Read More!…]

Great Ideas to Make Valentine’s Day Fun for the Family!

Great Ideas to Make Valentine’s Day Fun for the Family!

  Valentine’s Day is coming in a couple of weeks, and children love to participate in this holiday all about showing those you like and love how much you appreciate them. I remember when I was a child (Goodness…a LONG time ago!), my school would allow the kids to exchange Valentine’s cards with each other [Read More!…]

Knowing Me Like No One Else is Why He’s My Soul Mate

Knowing Me Like No One Else is Why He’s My Soul Mate

  “A soul mate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected, as though the communicating and communing that take place between us were not the product of intentional efforts, but rather a divine grace.” – Thomas Moore I would like to think my marriage to Somerville is a healthy marriage. I would also like [Read More!…]

4 Tips to Being Creative When Your Valentine is Long Distance

4 Tips to Being Creative When Your Valentine is Long Distance

  Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  You’ve probably already started brainstorming for some creative ideas, especially if your love one is deployed overseas or away on business, or lives at a distance from you. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful.  As for my military spouse friends and me, we love celebrating [Read More!…]

What Season is Your Love in Right Now?

What Season is Your Love in Right Now?

  “Seasons come and go.” as the old adage says. What if I were to say, “Not really; they just change energies.” Would it sit well with you? Does your logical mind fight that concept or embrace it? What is a season? The noun definition by dictionary.com is a season is one of the four [Read More!…]

Sometimes, what We Do for Love May Seem Crazy

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Marian Anderson Transformed Racism into Dignity & Equality – VIDEO

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When was the Last Time Your Man was Romantic?

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Is a Soul Mate Always a Mate for Life?

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5 Tips to Dressing for a Date without the Stress

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Wait… Don’t Ever Settle for a Tin Offering

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For the Love of Pens & Pencils

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Thoughts on 2016’s Big Decisions & Life Success for Millennials

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Introverts Can Network Effectively Too… Really!

Introverts Can Network Effectively Too… Really!

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10 Romantic, Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

10 Romantic, Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

    There are plenty of ways we can fall into the traps of overspending on Valentine’s Day. But you do not have to shatter your bank account or your budget to show someone you love them. Here are ten ideas of some affordable gifts or date options that won’t break your wallet’s or your [Read More!…]

Does Your Credit Report Keep You Up at Night?

Does Your Credit Report Keep You Up at Night?

  Give some love to yourself this month dedicated to love. It’s not romantic, and it’s not necessarily fun, but dealing with your credit issues will give you peace of mind and a better night’s sleep. The Importance of Credit Repair for Yourself & Your Family How do you get to greater financial strength and [Read More!…]

Snow Days, No School, No Blues

Snow Days, No School, No Blues

  It was 5 am. I crawled out of bed, slid into the bathroom, and threw myself in the shower, only to discover that schools were delayed due to a snow storm. No worries; it would give me a chance to cook a hearty breakfast instead of running out the door. I tiptoed downstairs, not [Read More!…]

3 Keys to a Successful Job Interview, Part 2 of 2

3 Keys to a Successful Job Interview, Part 2 of 2

  1 Preparation Every successful interview starts with preparation. I recommend the use of flash cards for the preparation process. Put an interview question on one side and the answer on the other side. Keep them with you, so you can quiz yourself when you have a moment or two. This will help you memorize [Read More!…]

Never, Ever Look for Someone to ‘Complete’ You

Never, Ever Look for Someone to ‘Complete’ You

  Valentine’s Day….yep, it is coming. And, you can hear heartbreak at every turn. People are either going out to dating sites, gyms, or bars to try and finally meet that ‘perfect’ person or going back to someone, because ‘it’s better than being alone.’ The month of love really does not need to be a [Read More!…]

Online Dating… How’s It Really Going?

Online Dating… How’s It Really Going?

  Once upon a time many groups of people relied on matchmakers to create pairs of people to procreate and continue on groups’ cultures, qualities, traditions, and eats. As western cultures began to evolve and modernize, people were often left on their own to mate and create family units. In the twenty first century, we [Read More!…]

Getting Your LinkedIn Profile Information in Tip Top Shape – VIDEO

Getting Your LinkedIn Profile Information in Tip Top Shape – VIDEO

  The how-to question I am asked the most about LinkedIn is. “How can I arrange my experience sections on my LinkedIn Page?” If you don’t know the secret, easy way to get your profile in tip top shape – by rearranging the sections, LinkedIn will post your experience as you enter it . Or, [Read More!…]

3 Professional PR Secrets to Get Publicity for Your Upcoming Event

3 Professional PR Secrets to Get Publicity for Your Upcoming Event

  Many moons ago, PR types or publicists were called “advance men.” They earned this moniker, because they travelled around towns and nearby cities drumming up interest in their client’s product or service before it came on the market. You can almost envision the advance men on stagecoaches heading into town before the snake oil [Read More!…]

7 Cyber Security Predictions for 2016 Everyone Needs to Know

7 Cyber Security Predictions for 2016 Everyone Needs to Know

  This year promises to be a difficult one when it comes to cyber security. We find ourselves in a world where a whole variety of diverse digital trends are weaving through our everyday lives both at home and at work. In a number of areas, these trends cross and merge to become more serious [Read More!…]

Bye-Bye Groundhog... It's Time to Move On!

Bye-Bye Groundhog… It’s Time to Move On!

  Welcome to February!  It’s been one month since we made all those New Year’s resolutions.  So, how’s it going?  Last month I wrote about how New Year’s resolutions can feel a lot like Groundhog’s Day –many of us have the same resolutions year after year.   I suggested you start by writing down a plan [Read More!…]

Fifty First Dates for Singles… Take Yourself Out!

Fifty First Dates for Singles… Take Yourself Out!

  It’s the month of all things LOVE… that’s right Valentine’s Day is upon us. Some of us dread it, especially if we are hoping for and expecting gestures of love from our spouse or partner, and we end up not getting it or being disappointed. Some of us don’t look forward to it, because [Read More!…]

Meet Maxine Clark – A Bear-y Extraordinary Woman

Meet Maxine Clark – A Bear-y Extraordinary Woman

  “It takes a village to raise a teddy bear.” Maxine Clark Since 1997, tens of millions of furry friends have found their ways into the hearts of children of all ages thanks to a magical place called Build-A-Bear Workshop – the brainchild of Maxine Clark. When I went to talk with Maxine, I thought [Read More!…]

Open Your Heart & Welcome Love Into Your Life - VIDEO

Open Your Heart & Welcome Love Into Your Life – VIDEO

  This month is a celebration of love and romance.  The world responds to the light we shine on it, and we ultimately accept the love and romance we believe we deserve.  So my question to all of you is, “How truly open are you to love and romance?” Most of us believe we are [Read More!…]

What’s Love got to do with it?  Everything!

What’s Love got to do with it? Everything!

  February seems to have been designated as the “month of love.” I don’t ever remembering reading this, however, I am sure it has been said and written thousands of times. February is the month when many of us send those ‘valentine cards’ that express our love forever feelings. I started to write, ‘express our [Read More!…]

Does Your Heart Need Healing?  Here's a 16 Step Plan

Does Your Heart Need Healing? Here’s a 16 Step Plan

  Matters of the heart are always tough for me to write about.  My vocabulary never seems deep or expressive enough to wrap around this precious, strong, yet fragile organ.  Some of us might not believe the heart can be injured and may need to be healed. Believe me when I say, the heart can [Read More!…]

A Movie Review of Joy with Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper

A Movie Review of Joy with Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper

  Would you ever think there is a price for joy? Actually, have you ever thought about what joy really means? The dictionary defines joy as the emotion of “great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying, keen pleasure, elation.” Hold that thought for a few moments while I put my spin [Read More!…]

When You Dream OUT LOUD, Life can be Magical

When You Dream OUT LOUD, Life can be Magical

  Toward the beginning of each new year I spend one day looking back before I go forward. Here is what I do, and it is really a great way to calibrate next steps. I sit with a pad of paper, a pen, and some colored pencils. While I am a decent writer of words, [Read More!…]

Faith Brings a Different Kind of Love to You

Faith Brings a Different Kind of Love to You

  This story is about my friend Virginie. I wanted to share her story hoping those who may feel hopeless in life or during this time of year will see that even in the worst of conditions, the strength of love will persevere. She came from a very refined, supportive and loving home, as many [Read More!…]

The "Share Your Love" Valentine's Day Challenge

The “Share Your Love” Valentine’s Day Challenge

  The over-commercialism of Valentine’s Day often annoys me.  For me, too much attention is given to romance.  The cards are big and glittery.  Women are dressed in red or pink; men are wearing red ties. At work everyone looks at the door each time it opens to see if they are the ones receiving [Read More!…]

So Much to do in Such a Short Month for the Military Family

So Much to do in Such a Short Month for the Military Family

  February is here! Can you believe it is the second month of 2016 already? Is it just me, or is time really flying? Last month I wrote about New Year’s resolutions, well, I am not sure about all of you, but mine did not make it too far. The losing weight thing? Well, maybe [Read More!…]

Do You Know the Privacy Rules for DRONES Flying in Your Neighborhood?

Do You Know the Privacy Rules for DRONES Flying in Your Neighborhood?

  By definition, a DRONE is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and also referred to as a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. [Read More!…]

5 Dating Safety Rules… Have Fun & Stay Safe

5 Dating Safety Rules… Have Fun & Stay Safe

  Safety is probably the last thing on your mind as you pick out your perfect red outfit, matching heels and jewelry. After all, Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love and romance! Many may receive the perfect proposal, others will walk down the aisle, and unfortunately, some may become the victim of a [Read More!…]