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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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~ “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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~ 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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Try this Fun ‘Create Your Best Year Ever’ Experiment to Start 2017!

Try this Fun ‘Create Your Best Year Ever’ Experiment to Start 2017!

  By Janet Schegel, January, 2017 – You may have heard of the many ways workshops, books, and speakers are telling you to create and manifest your dreams.  Have you ever tried it yourself? Your thoughts are creative.  Your spoken words are more powerful.  And, there is even greater power in written words.  Since your [Read More!…]

January, 2017 - Greetings from the Executive Editor

January, 2017 – Greetings from the Executive Editor

  “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw Are you grateful for what you received in life in 2016, and you wanted to expand upon these blessing in 2017?  Or, was 2016 one heck [Read More!…]

Veteran Suicide is at a Crisis Point… Here’s how You can Help in 2017

Veteran Suicide is at a Crisis Point… Here’s how You can Help in 2017

  While visiting family during the Thanksgiving break, I received a heartbreaking email from a friend of mine.  It informed me the husband of one of the ladies from my Bible study had died suddenly.  They were asking for urgent prayer for her and her children. I was devastated to hear this news.  I never [Read More!…]

15 Tips to Keep Home Owners & Realtors Safe when Selling a House

15 Tips to Keep Home Owners & Realtors Safe when Selling a House

  When you put your house up for sale, do you know if it’s safe to let the potential buyer in?  If you’re a Realtor, do you know if it’s safe to go inside the prospective property listing?  Who are these people? One in four realtors personally experience safety related or harassing situations while conducting [Read More!…]

Charitable Giving… There’s a Win-Win-Win App for that… PinRaise - VIDEO

Charitable Giving… There’s a Win-Win-Win App for that… PinRaise – VIDEO

  The future of charitable giving is here, and it’s right there on your phone.  New charity-based apps like PinRaise, allows users to pay it forward by making a donation right from their smart phone when they make a purchase at a participating business.  This instantly eliminates two deterrents in giving back – the time [Read More!…]

Law’s Challenges are Global… A Broader Perspective would Help Solve Them

Law’s Challenges are Global… A Broader Perspective would Help Solve Them

  I recently had a long conversation with Iohann Le Frapper, a French lawyer and Board Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). We identified several common challenges confronting lawyers — legal education and new skillsets, access to justice,  technology and globalization yielding automation and labor arbitrage, the ‘gig economy,’ ethical challenges, and new [Read More!…]

Artful Home Décor Trends for 2017

Artful Home Décor Trends for 2017

  While art is a personal choice and has a huge foundation in personal authenticity, it is fun to peek behind the curtain and see what people “in the know” think about upcoming trends for the home. The other part of this equation is if you own your home and plan on selling it in [Read More!…]

Don’t get Stuck this Winter… A Gal’s Guide to Jumper Cables

Don’t get Stuck this Winter… A Gal’s Guide to Jumper Cables

  By Leah Bolden & Karen DeVenaro Every woman who drives fears her car breaking down and being stranded, alone, by the side of the road.  This is particularly true during winter travel, when the cold, snow and ice can make a bad situation worse. The next time you need a jump-start, don’t just sit [Read More!…]

Healthy, Fun VIDEO RECIPE… Toaster Oven Banana Boats

Healthy, Fun VIDEO RECIPE… Toaster Oven Banana Boats

  “This is perhaps what has made some suspect that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was really a banana.”  ― Jane Grigson, Jane Grigson’s Fruit Book Is a banana a healthy food or just a silly curved fruit wrapped in its own convenient packaging?  Scientists and medical researchers say bananas have profound health benefits, [Read More!…]

When Faced with Crisis, See the Good in It

When Faced with Crisis, See the Good in It

  Happy New Year WVM Family!  I trust everyone had a joyful holiday season.  It is the New Year again, and thankfully, although I am not fond of rushing through the years, because that means I am getting older, I am excited about making it to another year, because that means I am getting wiser. [Read More!…]

Tips to Make 2017 an ‘Injury & Accident Free’ Year for Your Kids!

Tips to Make 2017 an ‘Injury & Accident Free’ Year for Your Kids!

  In our home, a new year is something that is looked forward to with anticipation by all of the children as well as myself. New beginnings, new goals, new achievements…these are all things that the kids really enjoy being a part of and the conversations are a pleasure to listen to as they plan [Read More!…]

Do Your Choices in Life Build Character & Success?

Do Your Choices in Life Build Character & Success?

  When I was a child growing up with my grandmother, she would tell me, “Choose wisely with your thoughts, words, and deeds. It will be what defines you in the years to come to the people you meet and the life you choose to lead.” So very wise were her words. They apply today [Read More!…]

Looking for Your Family Identity or Lost Relative? Get to Know Search Angels

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My New Year Resolution… No More Guilt

My New Year Resolution… No More Guilt

  It’s resolution time again. You know, the annual New Year’s ritual whereby we all promise we’ll eat better, exercise more, be better people—in other words, lie to ourselves until February, when we’ll give up the whole charade as a lost cause, plop ourselves in front of the TV and eat a half gallon of [Read More!…]

How to Create a Vision Board for an Inspiring 2017

How to Create a Vision Board for an Inspiring 2017

  Happy New Year, Ladies! I can’t even believe it’s 2017! There’s something about celebrating the New Year that I just love. Maybe it’s the feeling of hope when the ball drops and “Auld Lang Syne” plays, or maybe it’s the fact that a new year means 12 months of opportunity for new things and [Read More!…]

Dear Janet… My 20 Year Friend Blocked Me on Facebook Because We Disagree on Politics

Dear Janet… My 20 Year Friend Blocked Me on Facebook Because We Disagree on Politics

  Dear Janet, I have been watching so many people becoming completely unreasonable due to the election results last November.  I don’t understand it any more.  My son and daughter are arguing about it, because one is happy Trump won and one is very unhappy.  Some of my neighbors aren’t talking to each other due [Read More!…]

Stop Watching what Others are Doing… to Compare Yourself

Stop Watching what Others are Doing… to Compare Yourself

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3 Action Steps to Make 2017 the Year of being the Authentic You!

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6 Tech Resolutions for a Simpler, More Respectful 2017

6 Tech Resolutions for a Simpler, More Respectful 2017

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Pre-Retirement Pondering…to Labor on or Kick Back?

Pre-Retirement Pondering…to Labor on or Kick Back?

  Who woulda thunk it? Definitely not me. Who could have imagined that this child of the restrictive 50s and revolutionary 60s, citizen of the Woodstock Nation, and singer-songwriter/freelance journalist of the 70s would wind up spending virtually his entire adult life in the great belly of a giant multinational corporation, like some Me Generation [Read More!…]

5 Fun & Safe Ways to Express Your “Wild Thing”

5 Fun & Safe Ways to Express Your “Wild Thing”

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Start 2017 Right with Lucky New Year’s Sugar Cookies

Start 2017 Right with Lucky New Year’s Sugar Cookies

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Life is Like Chardonnay… Meant to be Explored & Enjoyed

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  The New Year is here along with all of those self-promised resolutions and high expectations. Gym memberships will sky-rocket, while junk food and cigarettes will get tossed in the trash. Lists will be made and checked off, and house-hold budgets will be planned. It is all too easy to get caught up in the [Read More!…]

3 Secret Style Tips to Use While Dieting

3 Secret Style Tips to Use While Dieting

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Yesteryear… Do You Notice History is Talking to You?

Yesteryear… Do You Notice History is Talking to You?

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Secondhand Pets… Make a Home for Them with You!

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January Numerology… New Beginnings & Opportunities

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What does Death in Dreams Mean? - VIDEO

What does Death in Dreams Mean? – VIDEO

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The Gift of Diagnostic Dreams In Medicine: Dr. Bernie Siegel and Dr. Larry Burk – VIDEO

The Gift of Diagnostic Dreams In Medicine: Dr. Bernie Siegel and Dr. Larry Burk – VIDEO

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January 2017 Astrology… Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto… Whose Philosophy is Running Your Show? - VIDEO

January 2017 Astrology… Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto… Whose Philosophy is Running Your Show? – VIDEO

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Donald J. Trump… the 45th President of the United States

  At the risk of sounding boastful, I was right!  On November 8, 2016, Mr. Trump became the President-elect of the United States.  Going into election night, the too-often clueless pundits were predicting an electoral landslide for Hillary Clinton.  Even Fox News, a channel famous for its conservative bend, was predicting an embarrassing defeat for [Read More!…]

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Our Current Political Distress is a National Test

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Strategies for PR Success Illustrated by Recent Presidential Election Campaigns

  Perhaps the greatest lesson we will take away from the recent election is a cautionary tale warning us not to give too much free PR to candidates, regardless of the reason—either from a place of admiration or of incredulity—lest one inadvertently cause readers and citizens to come away from their TVs, computer screens, or [Read More!…]

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The American Flag… It’s More Than Fabric & Fibers

  What special tokens, mementos, or other significant items do you hold dear in thoughts and feelings because they represent something very endearing in your life? Is your token representative of a dear person, a long-fought-for accomplishment, or a memory no words could ever fully describe? It’s very telling of your emotional, intellectual, and moral [Read More!…]

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We’re All in This Together

  I f you’ve read my articles in the past, you know that I disdain business books. Not because they are not well,-written, and not because there isn’t value in the messages. There generally is. My problem is that so often folks read the book, nod vigorously and commit to following the principles that the [Read More!…]

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Social Media in Business & Political Communication… It’s a Brave New World!

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A List of 17 Things to Remember to Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever!

  Happy New Year!  Yes, I am excited for the New Year.  Do you know why?  It’s because I always see the New Year as a signal I can create a fresh start. Even if there was a tragedy or a lot of sorrow in your life, you can change the way you react to [Read More!…]

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Get Out of Your Head & Out of Your Own Way

  I fixed my printer last week.  You don’t know me, but that is indeed a big deal.  As soon as I saw I had actually brought that sucker back to life, I had a surge of, “Bring it on.  I can do anything.  Maybe I will disassemble my laptop and reassemble it just for [Read More!…]

Have You Heard of the Akola Project Yet?

Have You Heard of the Akola Project Yet?

  How do you empower women to become agents of transformation in their communities?   The answer is the Akola Project, a social business that gives life changing opportunities to unskilled women, both in the United States and in Uganda, by teaching them a trade and employing them, so they become self-sufficient providers in their communities. [Read More!…]

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  What can Four Star General Gordon Sullivan, former Chief of Staff of the United States Army, teach us about business? As it turns out… a lot. His book, Hope Is Not A Method, available on Amazon, is an evergreen read for all business people who are serious about success. General Sullivan spent his entire [Read More!…]

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Is Getting Your Finances in Shape Your New Year Resolution?

  Happy New Year! What better way to start 2017 than getting out of debt. Instead of worrying about the numbers on the scale going down, how about you watch the numbers in your bank account go up. Sounds like a happy new year to me. In the words of financial expert Dave Ramsey, “Most [Read More!…]

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Small Business Tips from Yogi Berra

  “I never said most of the things I said.” – Yogi Berra One of my all-time favorite New York Yankee players, a great philosophizer and an all-around amazing person, Yogi Berra, passed away last year. His “Yogi-isms” however, will live on forever. As I was reviewing some of them the other day, I realized [Read More!…]

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Creating a Great Place to Work will Attract the Right People

  In 1970 Stanford University professors conducted a study at the Bing Nursery School on the campus. The purpose of the study, which later became known as the marshmallow test, was to understand the control of deferred gratification. Over 600 children participated in the study. Children were placed in a room without distractions except for [Read More!…]

Has Your Personal Life Interfered with Your Work Life?

Has Your Personal Life Interfered with Your Work Life?

  During a scheduled coaching call, the CEO asked me, “can you help me when my personal life comes to work with me and interferes with my performance? I had a scuffle with my spouse this morning and am struggling with focusing at work.” I smiled inside as I could relate to this very real [Read More!…]

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Develop a Comprehensive Understanding of Your Organization & Its Operating Environment

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Character Traits for Business Success #4… Unwavering Self-Control

  In a previous post, I wrote that qualities of character in the CEO were a more important indicator of business success than the business model. In this, and the next few posts, I’m going to share those character traits that I believe are most conducive to business success. First, a disclaimer. This is one [Read More!…]

7 Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail

7 Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail

  When an entrepreneur fails it is common to hear what they believe to be the “reason” for the lack of success they envisioned. These “reasons” are actually the cause and the excuse they have accepted. Lack of Confidence – Hesitation to take the actions necessary often come from lack of confidence. Part of being [Read More!…]

6 Unhealthy Office Habits to Avoid

6 Unhealthy Office Habits to Avoid

  For those of us working in environments similar to typical office work places, the struggles of developing unhealthy habits is a daily reality. Whether we are working behind the scenes of successful businesses or freelancing from our desks at home, it’s easy to get into less than ideal rhythms at work. This is potentially [Read More!…]

Mobile Wallets… What, Why & How?

Mobile Wallets… What, Why & How?

  We’ve now crossed over from a hectic high volume holiday shopping season to the hopefully busy bargain season.  That’s nothing new, but doing it digitally is relatively new, and the dynamics have certainly changed.  The changes are significant in a number of ways.  However, I see it all as a double whammy. First, we [Read More!…]

Get 13X More Profile Views on LinkedIn by Listing Your Skills - VIDEO

Get 13X More Profile Views on LinkedIn by Listing Your Skills – VIDEO

  Adding skills to your LinkedIn profile ramps up the power of your personal branding page. Did you know people who list skills on their LinkedIn profiles receive an average of 13 times more profile views than those who don’t? Pretty powerful statistic – seeing as you want people to view your profile and see [Read More!…]

7 Guidelines for Good Media Relationships & Being a Great Interview

7 Guidelines for Good Media Relationships & Being a Great Interview

  It’s summer time and the living is easy! Jump in – the water is fine! But, have your life jacket and compass handy. You’ll need to know how to navigate rolling media waves. Up front, writing news copy, also known as press releases, can really be quite easy. The components include headline, summary, dateline, [Read More!…]

Serve, Love & Give in 2017

Serve, Love & Give in 2017

  There are a lot of things happening in our world that feels overwhelming.  That sometimes makes things feel hopeless.  I mean how can we, one person at a time, really solve world crisis?  Can I provide a solution for poverty, addiction, hate, racism, and disease?  Can you? Perhaps we are looking at the overall [Read More!…]

Extraordinary Not So Ordinary You… Thank You

Extraordinary Not So Ordinary You… Thank You

  “Some believe it is only Great Power that can hold evil in check.  But that is not what I have found.  I have found that it is the small ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.  Small acts of kindness and love.” – Gandalf In a culture that often makes one feel the [Read More!…]

2017… New Year, New You!  Why not be Bold?

2017… New Year, New You! Why not be Bold?

  “Fortune befriends the bold.”  Emily Dickinson According to dictionary.com, bold means courageous and daring. Have you found yourself saying things and wondering where that came from?  If not, do you wish you could be more honest and are afraid of losing that friendship, job, or whatever if you take a risk in your communication [Read More!…]

When You See Crazy Coming... Cross the Street

When You See Crazy Coming… Cross the Street

  When I first heard Iyanla Vazant make this statement, on one of the Oprah Winfrey shows, it was like a lightning rod striking, sending wisdom directly to my soul.  She didn’t have to repeat it for me to get it.  I understood it clearly the first time around. “When you see crazy coming, cross [Read More!…]

4 Steps to Course Corrections when Success Begins to Slip Away

4 Steps to Course Corrections when Success Begins to Slip Away

  After a day of no production because of computer problems (in the days of mainframe computers), the Warrant officer in charge of the Automated Data Processing Section finally had some good news for the Major in charge of the Marine Aviation Supply Department, “Sir, it seems that Sergeant Bernat has fixed the computer and [Read More!…]

The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders

The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders

  Great leaders typically have a credo they live by. It is often something personal to them. Some lesson that they learned as they came up from the ranks. Some piece of wisdom that was imparted to them by a mentor. Something a parent or other family member used to say often. Perhaps it is [Read More!…]

What Happened to Your Sense of Humor?

What Happened to Your Sense of Humor?

  You know you had it, but when did you or anyone else last see it? Maybe you lost it during your morning commute; or that endless meeting; or perhaps you lost it when your team didn’t reach the quarterly goals. Perhaps it decided to look for a new home after the last late night [Read More!…]

The Only 4 Ways You can Ever Fail

The Only 4 Ways You can Ever Fail

  I often think of the powerful words Milton shouted into the wind on May 25th, and I want those words to reverberate in my own head. Milton was 82 years old at the time, but I’m certain he yelled the words in a strong unwavering voice. A voice which carried the emotional mixture of [Read More!…]

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone & Stepping into Your Destiny

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone & Stepping into Your Destiny

  “Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.” – Andy Stanley In our respective leadership circles we hear a lot about stepping out of our comfort zones. “It’s where the magic [Read More!…]

Slaying the Procrastination Demon in Your Organization

Slaying the Procrastination Demon in Your Organization

  “Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder.” —Mason Cooley What Really Lies Behind the Procrastination? We all catch ourselves doing it: procrastinating. For some, it only rears its ugly head on occasion. For others, it is a daily struggle. Procrastination on a personal level can be difficult. But, on an organizational level [Read More!…]

How to Elevate Your Leadership Impact … 5 Ways to do it Today

How to Elevate Your Leadership Impact … 5 Ways to do it Today

  I am back in the LinkedIn world! Yes, I know – I had a gap in my blogs for a while (for a splendid reason that I will be disclosing to you shortly :-)! However, I continued to engage with you daily with quick posts consistent of quotes and visuals on the most relevant [Read More!…]

Have You Ever Noticed Presents & Presence Sounds the Same?

Have You Ever Noticed Presents & Presence Sounds the Same?

  By Cristina Smith, December, 2016 – Yay!  I just finished putting the finishing touches on the holiday gifts for our professional contacts.  With each strand of white ribbon curled, my intention of joy and connection was present throughout the process. I thought of each individual while signing cards and envisioned the delight that recipient [Read More!…]