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Join Lesley Jane Seymour as she talks with amazing women who have reinvented themselves in every way imaginable. These frank, fun, warm conversations unearth the tips and tricks women like you need to restart, reboot, or enhance your career or lifestyle. Interviews include: No. 1 Secret To Creating Your Personal Brand (Jennefer Witter), How to Motivate a Millennial and What To Do if You Work for One (Ann Shoket), When You Discover Your Father is a Spy (Eva Dillon), How to Find More Happiness Inside Yourself and in the World (Gretchen Rubin), How to Transform Your Body (Susan Hyatt), How to Shave Big $$$ Off Your Healthcare Bills & Reinvent Yourself, Too (Jeanne Pinder), How to Reinvent Yourself After Getting Your Boss Fired (Gretchen Carlson) and more. Click to listen to each podcast below or subscribe to Reinvent Yourself on iTunes, Podbean, or Spotify.
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“For fad diets you’re relying on discipline, motivation, and willpower,” says award-winning uber fitness expert, trainer and author (“Healthy As F*ck”) Oonagh Duncan. “But that eats your energy. So you fall off the rails and fall into a f*ck-it spiral. These binge/purge relationships are corrosive to your sense of self.” Oonagh, a former “passionate smoker” and anti-sweat-er, talks to CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about how to disrupt your habit loop by identifying your triggers and using your guilty pleasures to create new reward cycles (watching the Jerry Springer show got her onto the treadmill the first time.) It all begins with throwing out the clothes that don’t fit. “You think they inspire you,” she says, “but they make you feel like sh*t. You’ve gotta love yourself to get to where you want to be.”
What do you do when you’re a beautiful, high-flying, financial reporter for the top networks in the country (MSNBC, CBS, CNBC) and suddenly your segments are dropped from the air because all anyone wants to watch is Trump and politics? You fight back by creating a daily newsletter called NonPoliticalNews.com which covers — you guessed it — everything but politics! Gibbons talks with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about how she downsized her apartment to pay for her launch, how she’s gathered an audience of 25,000 and how she’d be the perfect guest at Thanksgiving to sit next to anyone!
She’s so famous that she goes by a single name: Carolee. And you probably knew her jewelry company of the same name because the designs were available in over 700 retail stores nationwide. She sold that business in 2001 and created AccessCircles.com, an invitation-only network for thought leaders that focuses on wellness, health, and life planning and funds major projects with American research centers in the areas of sleep and heart disease. Carolee Friedlander talks with CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about never taking no for an answer (without being “brash”), how being “off-center” led to her success, and how her network of high-powered women bolstered her business and now her life.
Her reinvention tips include:
1. Become a great list maker — of things you love to talk about, be involved with, and do. Keep refining that list until it leads to something to explore.
2. Ask for help: people want to offer help and wisdom.
3. Test things you’ve never thought of: move to a new city, take a course in film making, work in a nursery. She also gives negotiation tips for getting to “yes” with naysayers.
“Every narrative about the army is negative,” says romance novelist (the Coming Home series and former officer in the army, Jessica Scott. “It’s about PTSD. For women, it’s about sexual assault. I wanted to tell stories of how fun the army is, to tell our stories.” Scott details for CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, how she began writing romance novels because she was bored in officer-training school, wanted to change how women in the army were portrayed, and to find a way to work out the serious emotional issues (like life and death) presented by her previous profession. She talks about learning to edit and revise from Stephen King’s On Writing and doing a “beta read” while deployed to Iraq. “[Novelist] Robyn Carr gave the best advice,” Scott says. “Write the story only you can tell.”
“Control is a coping mechanism,” says author (Wait, It Gets Worse), cancer survivor, and total life reinventor, Lydia Slaby. “It works until it fails.” And it failed when Slaby was 33, a freshly minted JD/MBA with a new job in Chicago and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that featured a tumor the size of a grapefruit on her sternum and heart. Two years of emergency care—including open-heart surgery—left her clear that her high-powered, uber-stressful life had to change. “The old path fell away; it was a gift,” she tells CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour. Now at age 40, the “process of dismantling and dismembering” has allowed Slaby to find her true voice and her ability to share her journey and story in writing. “Disease picks and chooses,” she says. “I think it does show up when there are lessons to be learned.”
“A personal brand is how we sell ourselves. If you’re not clear about [what it is], you
can’t move forward,” says personal branding expert Joanne Tombrakos. “There is a
degree of bragging that comes with it. Women hate it. They look at it as boastful and
they feel like an imposter.” Tombrakos, who teaches branding at NYU and runs her own
branding agency, talks to CoveyClub founder Lesley Jane Seymour about how she has reinvented herself several times and has created a free downloadable workbook,
“Getting Your Personal Brand Story Straight,” that will help Coveyclubbers get your
branding going. Find it at JoanneTombrakos.com.