Renewable by Eileen Flanagan

I received an advanced copy of Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope by Eileen Flanagan to review and share with my readership here on Divas With A Purpose.

I’m one of those persons who always reads the back of the books and the reviews included. This quote from the Executive Director of Greenpeace International really stood out and piqued my interest the most:

…shows us how one person can change their life while working to change the world we all share.”

Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope by Eileen Flanagan

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100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women

I received an advanced copy of 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women by Betsy Teutsch to review and share with my readers here on Divas With A Purpose. In 100 Under $100 the author arms readers with simple and effective tools to empower women challenged by poverty.

Ever wanted to help but didn’t know exactly how or where to start? 100 Under $100 is the book to start! Betsy Teutsch has provided a resource of free and low-cost tools that will help to empower women globally – from public health to personal finance and so much more! 100 Under $100 offers information and inspiration for you to start doing your own part in helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world.

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Saving For A Rainy Day While Enjoying My Sunny Days

“Michelle, if I was you I would put some of that in the bank for a rainy day. You always want to be prepared.”

I can still hear my mother’s words to this day. Growing up, she tried to instill the importance of having a savings to my sisters and I. Not just with her words but with her actions.

We all had bank accounts early and would take bi-weekly trips to deposit a portion of our allowance earned from completing additional chores around the house. She would show us our statements and hype us up over how those small deposits were growing over time. And INTEREST? Why, that was FREE money the bank gave to you for letting them protect your money for you. With that type of role model and enthusiasm, you’d think I grew up to be a world class saver, right?

I am. Now. But in my teens and twenties? All of my mother’s advice and practices went straight out the window when I saw my first real paycheck.

“You never know when the rain will come, Michelle. But being prepared will make a difference.”

Divas, I’m here to tell you. When it rained – it poured. Like a torrential monsoon downpour type of rain.

And I got soaking wet. No umbrella. Not even a newspaper to try and duck under while I ran for cover. It was ugly. I survived. I learned. I changed my ways.

These days “saving for a rainy day” means being prepared for that unexpected downpour. It means having an umbrella readily available – not just for me, but for my family. I have literally been in a place where I have lost everything. The thought of experiencing that with a husband and three children along for the fall – that fear motivates me to be prepared for those rainy days that may come along.

In the meantime, I choose to enjoy and live in my sunny days.

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Affirmations To Build My Teen Son’s Self-Esteem #VoicesForOurSons

I can vividly recall the first time I realized my tween son was struggling with his self-esteem.

He’d gotten in trouble for something and written an apology note to me. Throughout the note he referenced being “stupid” and “bad” and “not good enough”. It truly broke my heart.

The topic of self-love is no stranger here on Divas With A Purpose.

On one of my older articles entitled Inside Out Beauty I shared these words:

As a parent, I try my hardest to instill self-confidence in my children. Not in regards to their physical attributes, but to what’s inside them. I want them to know that they are beautiful beings from the inside out and not the outside in. The most beautiful looking person can have the ugliest heart and attitude. However, someone that may not have the physical attributes that most of society deems as pretty can have the most wonderful and beautiful spirit. Who would you want to be around?

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Simple Ways to Grow Your Business

You can’t have a business without growth. The business world is always changing, and you have to know how to grow your business to avoid losing your share of the market to newcomers. A lot of this has to do with consumers constantly looking for the next big thing. This is achieved by expanding and building on the success your company has already earned by remembering a few key tips.

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8 Action Items For Stopping Negative Behavior

Each month I meet with a group of DIVAs in Columbia, South Carolina as part of The Divatude Challenge – our on-going focus on SMART goals within our personal and professional lives. One discussion that comes up fairly regularly with new participants is stopping negative behavior.

I am a huge proponent of positive self-talk. Often we talk ourselves out of doing great things before we even get started!

Do you have negative behaviors that you want to get a handle on? Whether it’s something you do to sabotage yourself or an action that affects others, it’s important to examine the impact of what you’re doing.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could hone in on and change your difficult behaviors before they spread negativity all around you?

8 Action Items For Stopping Negative Behavior

Stopping Negative Behavior:
8 Action Items

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Bedwetting Woes No More #sponsored

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Bedwetting is a fairly common condition that a child cannot control or be trained out of. Also, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been found to wet their beds more often and until a later age. In our household, we have experience with both bedwetting and ADHD. Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that psychologically, children who wet the bed do not want to participate in fun activities, such as sleepovers, because of their fear and embarrassment. We are very familiar with that frustration and embarrassment.

For the past six months, my youngest son has been using GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.  Why do we love GoodNites* TRU-FIT*? First and foremost, it’s real underwear. Baby boy was quite confused the first time he saw his GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear Starter Pack. “Momma, I think you got the wrong thing!” He loves that he’s wearing real underwear each night. And, yes, our mornings are much drier than in the past.Continue Reading