Ep. 98 – Martin Luther King Quote

Monday Maxim with Amy 2018:

It’s your mental Vitamin B. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work for you to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

One Lesson from Martin Luther King"No person has a right to rain on your dreams," Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Day, and his birthday, here in the US. Our quote had to come from him.

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”  – Martin Luther King

As smart, ambitious woman, you can easily find yourself building other up, organizing the schedule, and moving forward that you don’t have time or energy for your own dreams.

Then, when all your energy is built up and you’re ready to squeeze in a little something for yourself, someone can easily make a quick remark and crush your dreams.

No one has the right to rain on that.  

When you hear the comment, take a moment and sit back, put the comment on the side, remind him or her that “This is not about you… This will only make me more who I am.  You don’t have to like it.”

Then get back to working on your dream, baby.

You’ve got big work to accomplish.

Enrich your life.

Do better for the whole world.

Ep. 95 – The 5 Best Books for a Breakthrough

New year, new look.

Did you see the new podcast art?Think Enriched PodcastThink Enriched - 2018 Podcast Cover

Let’s talk about it. New logo defining the show more completely.

That’s my FACE on there now!  I feel a bit nekkid putting my face out there for the whole world to see.  It’s just one more step to not being holding myself back.  It took about a year for me to get off my duff and do this.

Also, you may have noticed that’s an elephant topping the “I” in Think.  The elephant runs in a matriarchal order.  Not that I don’t appreciate men, I just come from a long line of women taking care of more than their share.  I honor those women, and each of us, who lead families, work teams, organizations, and share our influence with the world in that image.

Thank you to my designer, Jason Clement, for helping me put more me into the conversation.

Then you see my name a little structured and maybe a bit mischievous. That’s me.  I learn more when I’m playful.  It’s the balance of the structure and the creative that makes me who I am.

You can find out more from Jason Clement at http://jasonclement.com/podcast-covers/

The 5 Best Books for a Breakthrough

This started out as “The end of the year booklist.”  But this is more than that.The 5 Best Books for a Breakthrough

This is the list for you, you smart, ambitious woman, when you are ready for a breakthrough.

But every challenge requires a different kind of breakthrough.

I’m not a fantasy reader.  I don’t get into to fiction much, because, I have more practical things to take care of.

And that’s what my list of books has brought me.  Practical solutions.  Excellent reads.  Lessons and strategies.

I like to implement directly.  In fact, I’ve been told I just run with an idea like a horse out of the gate.

This is the list that helps you crash through that door and stand tall in your place.

Here is the criteria to make it on this list.

1. Every book here I read in 2017.  That means it is fresh and current in my mind. The notes, ideas & lessons are applicable today.

2.  Every book I read at least twice. Most I listened to the audiobook first, then read the Kindle version. (Our family has a daily commute to school and I listen to books on our drive.)

3. Each book listed comes with a direct recommendation for a particular point, challenge or struggle that a woman faces right now.

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes, by Shonda Rhimes is a powerful read to help you realize that you are not being sensible, safe or living smart…you could easily be living in fear.  And not even know it.

Shonda shares her insights on how she decides to stop saying no and for one year, just one year, she will challenge herself to say yes.

A perfect read for the woman that:  Is ready to start her new year and step out of her comfort zone. She’s not quite sure where this will take her. The leap of faith is what she needs.

Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown

Brene Brown makes me realize I’m not alone in my challenging thoughts.  Braving the Wilderness is as the tagline reads, the “Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.”

If there’s one thing we have learned in 2017, it’s that people think differently than we do.  That should be okay. Using the internet, we can polarize ourselves on issues and create battlefields that hold us back.  This book helps us find an understanding and be willing to discuss the issues in peace.

People are hard to hate close up.

“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are, it requires you to be who you are.”

A perfect read for the woman that:  Wants to understand the other side.  She is ready to have a conversation without judgment.  She yearns to be more comfortable standing alone and ready to participate in a bigger conversation.

The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks

This book had been on my list for over a year. One little nudge from Ray Edwards podcast to get me to read it.

Read in the month of November, I’ve re-read it 3 times now.  That’s saying a lot for me.  The Big Leap takes a deep, deep dive to on how each of us can hold ourselves back.  There are many reasons we believe we are unworthy.

A perfect read for the woman that:  Achieves in many facets of life, but continues to struggle with one specific area.  She is ready to cancel all the self-sabotage holding her back.  She seeks opportunity to work in the zone of genius.

Wrecked, Jeff Goins

In our interview with Jon Stolpe, he mentions this book.  I devoured this book in a couple days. Wrecked touched my spirit. it is so easy to be involved in your own life, that looking out for other’s needs doesn’t seem to be the top priority.

Service, compassion, and giving are great topics at the holidays and sometimes missed throughout the year.  This book shares poignant moments that touched me deeply.

A perfect read for the woman that: Seeking new insights, tools, and find ways to serve & have more compassion in the daily routine. She is ready to “get over herself,” and have a more humanistic view of the world, then put her talents to use in some capacity in that.

The 5 Second Rule, Mel Robbins

This is the book a lot of us need.  The 5 Second Rule is the book that helps us overcome that space from, “Yes, I know I need to do this thing…” and “I am doing this thing.”

That space is where we can get so stuck.  We think about accomplishing that thing.  Then we talk about it.  We have a pretty good plan to make it work.

A perfect read for the woman that: Has had the same resolution for the past few years.  She knows precisely what has to happen but she just doesn’t feel like it. She wants to change, really change, but gets stuck in her head.

What book would you add to the list?

Ep. 94 – “The More You Dream, the More You Achieve.”

Monday Maxim with Amy, 2018

It’s your mental Vitamin B for the week. Each Monday I share a little motivation & insight to start the week. You’ve got a lot of people depending on you. There is big work to do. So here’s a maxim for you, the smart, ambitious woman, to help you SHINE.

Our first Monday Maxim with Amy

We start out the year with one from Michael Phelps."The more you dream, the more you achieve." Michael Phelps

 “The more you dream, the more you achieve.”

Don’t hide those dreams in the back of the closet somewhere.  Step into it.  And watch this year, become your best one yet.

As smart, ambitious women, we are constantly focusing on the details, making sure everything gets done and we are ready for the next thing.  We are so in the stuff of life we aren’t dreaming.

We’ve forgotten to dream.

We are in the machine, not running the machine.

Dream more.

A quick challenge for the week:

1. Take 15 minutes this week and dream.  Think bigger.  Imagine.  Dive in and feel those feelings of what you want to achieve in this year.

2. Then, and this is so important, write that down.

3. Then get to work.


Ep. 93 – How to Stretch Yourself to Become Your Best

How to Stretch Yourself to Become Your Best

An Interview with Jon Stolpe

This week I’m delighted to have Jon Stolpe on the show.  Jon stretched and grew from 5′ 5″ to over 6’5″ in just a short time.  STRETCH has become a mantra for his life.  If you haven’t met him yet, this is one blogger I know every smart, ambitious woman can learn from.  His honesty and humility about the pressure to be able to fulfill all of the duties we have has been a great example to me.

Jon Stolpe. Image used with permission.
Jon Stolpe. Image used with permission.

In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • How we connected.
  • Why STRETCH is such an important term in Jon’s life.
  • He’s helping men around the country help improve their commitment to fatherhood, family, faith, and work challenges.  See the Stretched Men Group for more info.
  • How Jon first got to Guatemala.
  • The big confirmation that allowed him to go there.
  • Jon and his blog audience brought the finances available to build houses.
  • His book, Rooftop Reflections, shares his insight from recent experiences.

    Rooftop Reflections, by Jon Stolpe
    Rooftop Reflections, by Jon Stolpe
  • How the book, Wrecked, for something good, as Jeff Goins described, confirms what Jon believes.
  • The socio-economic status of families in the Guatemalan culture.  How widows struggle amidst the situation.
  • They have built multiple homes in Guatemala to help families of widows in Guatemala.
  • Jon’s vision to build 100 houses in Guatemala before he passes away.
  • The next step in his journey to impact families and involve the community in the process.
  • What Jon and his family would like you to do to support this cause.
  • How much it costs just to build one house for a family in Guatemala.
  • The life changes his family experienced through this.
  • Jon & his wife chose to sell their home to have more margin in their lives to live, give, and save.
  • How they have chosen to live differently to make a greater contribution.
  • “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone,”  Andy Stanley.
  • “You can be extraordinary right where you live with the people you rub shoulders with every day.”
  • Do a little better.  Stretch yourself.  Make an impact.
  • How difficult it is to translate what that experience was like.
  • The Hobbit’s parallel and how hard it is to come back to regular life.
  • You are not ordinary.  You have an amazing opportunity right in front of your eyes.  You can change the world for someone else and yourself.
  • Do something today. Cause yourself to stretch.  Become your best.