Communication Can Make or Break Your Relationships

Recently,  I shared with you the importance of saying “Thank You” to colleagues, friends, and family and how you must be authentic when you say “thank you” in order for it to be truly meaningful.  Likewise, when you are giving someone constructive feedback or expressing a concern, you must be honest and straightforward.  I know it is not always easy, especially when you are a conflict-averse person.

Steven Gaffney recently shared on Virginia This Morning, “People never say what really needs to get said,” both at work and at home.  As a result, resentment or fear can build up over time, causing tension in relationships and keeping people from being less than their best selves. And I can completely relate to this.

Click on the image below to view the full interview, and then I invite you to take a moment and think about your own communication skills.  Are you sharing what needs to be said to the people who matter in your life? If not, why not? What is holding you back? Is it fear? What are you afraid of? How has it been working for you being this way? How deep and meaningful are your relationships?  Life is too short and too precious to not be living and expressing our truths.

When you have honest and open communication in your relationships, you have trust, respect, security, honor, and loyalty. And when you have all those things in your relationships, you can solve any problems that arise and handle any setbacks that come your way. Over the years, I have had quite a few falling outs in my business and personal life. Often, I am the one surprised and wondering: “If they had told me and I had known, all of the stress could have been avoided.” Well, we all learn and grow from those experiences. Most importantly, what can we change or do to make sure that all of our relationships are strong?

So think about the relationships in your life where an open conversation would make a true difference and help make that relationship richer and much more meaningful.  How about making the time to have that conversation today, tomorrow, or this weekend? Keep me posted :)
Steven Gaffney on Virginia This Morning

You’re Invited: “Don’t Waste My Cancer” Book Signing

"Don't Waste My Cancer"

Every year, thousands of families are devastated when a parent is struck with cancer. Treatment becomes a totally consuming process, and family members, particularly the children, have to adapt to a completely new existence.  They often have to depend on family, friends, neighbors, or even strangers to assist in day-to-day living.

We Will Survive Cancer examines the needs of such families and steps in to assist; but to do so, they need donations of cash, services, equipment, and specialty items to make life slightly less all-consuming for both the cancer patients as well as their families. We know the patients have a better chance of a good recovery if they know their families are being taken care of.

If you are in the Washington DC Metro Area, please join my Style Goddesses and me this Wednesday, February 3 from 6pm-9pm at our sanctuary for a very special evening benefiting We Will Survive Cancer.

At this event you can meet Gayela Bynum, author and founder of We Will Survive Cancer, for a special book signing of her latest release, “Don’t Waste My Cancer,” dedicated to daughter-in-law Michelle Bynum, who lost her life to cancer. This inspirational book includes stories of Michelle along with many others affected by cancer, and tells how they courageously battled and survived this devastating disease.  Steven Gaffney, the #1 leading authority in Honest Communication – himself a cancer survivor – will be there to share his story along with other guest survivors featured in the book. One-hundred percent of the book sales will go to We Will Survive Cancer.  I hope to see you there.  You can go to our FB page for more details.

What is a Goddess?

Our style goddess, Julianne enjoying the beautiful Mexican sun at Loot's outdoor patio in our new Spring/Resort Collection.

Style Goddess Julianne enjoying the warm Mexican air at Loot’s outdoor patio in our new Spring/Resort Collection.

When I started the journey toward reclaiming my inner goddess several years ago, I always knew that one day I would share her power with everyone around me and inspire women of all ages from around the globe to embrace their inner goddess and use her magical feminine powers to do good for herself and others.  That vision became reality when my lifestyle boutique and goddess sanctuary was born on November 1, 2014.  I wanted it to be a safe and luxurious space where the modern day woman could experience a soothing, heavenly, inspirational, awakening of all her senses, and a magical world of feminine pleasures. And I believe we are accomplishing that goal.

As a busy executive goddess, I often feel that my inner Titan takes over.  So the sanctuary is my space and creative playhouse to release, recharge, and rejuvenate my feminine soul. The sanctuary is an intimate, poetic retreat for women of all ages, especially for the busy professional woman like myself to come let go, relax, let down her hair, put on some make-up, and celebrate the joy of being a woman and experience the awakening of her feminine energy from within. It’s very liberating I tell you.

One question I often get asked by our guests is, “What is a Goddess?” I am sure there are many definitions of a goddess out there, but read below for my definition.

A goddess is: a sensuous and passionate symbol of life who is brilliant and wholesome, confident and intelligent, feminine and charming, creative and self-expressed, kind and loving, honest and nurturing, earthy and spiritual, has self-respect and is self-aware, full of wisdom and inner strength, applies an attitude of excellence in everything she does and beautiful inside and out. Most importantly, she arouses beauty, pleasure, and spreads light to those around her. Lastly, she is respected and adored by many, including children, animals, and nature. She is one of a kind, a woman who lives life with only truth and love and who shares her heart freely without any emotional constraints.

I hope that was not too long for you. Are you a goddess? Did I just describe you? If so, I am so glad. I believe that every woman has an inner goddess that is waiting to be awakened. And I want to be the one to assist with that. :)